Heavy rainfall and rare winter hailstorm hit Kuwait

rare kuwait hailstorm december 2022

Heavy rainfall and a rare winter hailstorm hit Kuwait on December 27, 2022, bringing joy to people used to the hot arid climate.

According to Muhammad Karam, a former director of Kuwait’s meteorological department, the country hasn’t seen so much hail during the winter in 15 years.1

Kuwait registered up to 63 mm (2.48 inches) of rain from December 27 to 28 when the weather started clearing up.

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There were reports of snow also, but it could have been merely a combination of rain and hail which looked like snow in the pictures circulating widely on social media.

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References:

1 Video: Hail-covered white roads in Kuwait following rare weather event – Hindustan Times – December 28, 2022

Featured image credit: Kuwait Times (stillshot)

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