Severe dust storms and large hail hit parts of the Middle East

aqua modis middle east dust storm april 24, 2022

Severe dust storms are affecting parts of the Middle East, from the Mediterranean Sea to parts of Saudi Arabia.

On Monday, April 25, 2022, authorities in Jordan ordered schools in the south of the kingdom to close due to the heavy spread of dust.

According to The National News, schools in the governorates of Karak, Tafila, Aqaba and Maan were closed.

The Ministry of Public Works urged drivers to exercise caution because of a drop in visibility.

NASA Aqua/MODIS dust storm over Middle East on April 24, 2022
Dust storm over the Middle East on April 24, 2022. Credit: NASA Aqua/MODIS
NASA Terra/MODIS dust storm over Middle East on April 25, 2022
Dust storm over the Middle East on April 25, 2022. Credit: NASA Terra/MODIS
NASA Terra/MODIS dust storm over Middle East on April 26, 2022
Dust storm over the Middle East on April 26, 2022. Credit: NASA Terra/MODIS

A number of regions in Saudi Arabia also saw severe dust storms and large hail on Monday, prompting the National Meteorological Center to warn citizens to take precautions due to the near absence of visibility.

Many regions of the Kingdom such as Tabuk, Northern Frontiers, Al-Jawf, Ha’il, Al-Qasim, Riyadh and the Eastern regions have been affected, as well as parts of Najran, Jazan, Asir, Al-Bahah, Mecca and districts of the Medina.

Featured image credit: NASA Aqua/MODIS. Acquired on April 24, 2022

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