The National Meteorological Center of Saudi Arabia has recorded a sharp drop in temperature to minus 6 degrees in the Turaif area, the TV channel Sky News Arabia reported.
This is the lowest temperature in the country for the last 30 years. According to the channel, the low temperatures were also recorded in the northern areas of Al-Qurayyat (minus 5 degrees) and Arar (minus 4 degrees). It is noted that overnight frosts in Turaif were accompanied by heavy snowfall, and in other northern areas by light rains, TASS reported.
According to meteorologists, the wave of abnormal cold in the north will continue until the end of this week, while a sharp cold snap is expected in the central and eastern regions.
Authorities in the northern provinces noted that crowds of people were observed at gas stations due to the threat of a shortage of kerosene needed to heat homes.
Low temperatures were also recorded in Medina (9 degrees), Mecca (11 degrees) and Riyadh (16 degrees).
Earlier it was reported that in early January it snowed for the first time since the beginning of winter near the city of Tabuk in the northwest of the country.