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Cold wave grips northern Saudi Arabia, meteorologists fear strongest cold snap ever

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Parts of Saudi Arabia are shivering through a strong cold snap with chilly winds particularly in the northern regions.

The cold wave started a few days ago and is forecast to go on for two weeks further, weather expert Muad Al-Ahmadi told Al Arabiya.

"The first wave started last Tuesday [January 21], and its climax was on Wednesday and Thursday, and that ended on Friday, while the second wave, which is the strongest and hardest, began Saturday, and would continue till midweek," he said, urging people to take precaution and safety measures.

Furthermore, Al-Ahmadi noted that this will be the strongest cold snap ever.

The cold snap returned with two polar depressions pelting the Arabian Peninsula since January 21, as snowfall and moderate rains struck the northern border regions of Ara, Turaif, Qurayyat, and Al-Jouf.

Temperatures are expected to hit -4 °C (24.8 °F) in some regions including the south of Tabuk, Taimah, and Al-Ula. Meanwhile, most other regions such including Makkah will see 10 °C (50 °F), Riyadh with 2 °C (35.6 °F), and Madinah with 3 °C (37.4 °F).

Hussain Al-Qahtani, the spokesman of the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection, previously warned that all regions of the Kingdom will be gripped by severe cold waves, with temperatures sharply hitting freezing points in the northern regions.

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