Six-meter of snow covered the Qarah Bolagh district in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan of Iran, a provincial official said Monday. The heavy snowfall blocked the Mahabad-Bukan road in the northwestern province for the third day on Monday, Head of Mahabad’s Road Maintenance and Transportation Office Mohsen Khademi said, IRNA reported.
The heavy snowfall, which began on Saturday in Iran’s western and northwestern provinces, caused some roadblocks in the region. The snowstorm has been unprecedented in the region for the past few years, the official said. Khademi added a number of cars and vehicles belonging to the office, including two snow grinders, were completely buried under a mound of snow.
The road maintenance team rescued 25 people trapped in the snowstorm along the roads in areas in the province, Khademi said. The official also said that the weather conditions prevented the emergency services from reaching the cars trapped in the snow. Also, snowfall continued until Tuesday in the provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran in the north of Iran. Iran Daily
Saudi Arabia shivers in the worst cold spell
Saudi Arabia is experiencing its coldest weather since 2016, meteorologists said Thursday, with overnight temperatures dropping below zero in the country’s north over the past two days. Temperature hits minus 5 degrees Celsius.
In Tarif, on the border with Jordan, the temperature hit minus 5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the weather services. It dropped to minus three in Hail further southeast, and minus 2 in Arar on the border with Iraq. In the capital Riyadh, the temperature dipped close to zero and the streets were deserted Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
The desert kingdom is known for its extreme heat, particularly during summer. Intense cold “The country is experiencing its most intense cold snap since 2016,” Hassan Abdallah from the Wasm meteorological centre, told AFP Thursday. Siasat Daily
Baghdad, Iraq carpeted in white from only its second snowfall in a century
In neighbouring Iraq, where summers are also scorching, Baghdad residents woke up Tuesday to find the city carpeted in white from only its second snowfall in a century. The last recorded snowfall in the city was in 2008.
Antarctic temperatures higher than Dubai
Record temperatures in Antarctica have put the icy continent at the same temperature as Dubai. The scorching temperatures were recorded by Brazilian scientists on Seymour Island. And they were nearly a degree higher than the previous record of 19.8°C recorded on Signy Island in January 1982. In fact, the temperatures recorded last week of 20.75°C in Antarctica were actually higher than in Dubai where temperatures hovered just below 20°C. The unwanted record comes a week after the Antarctic Peninsula recorded temperatures of 18.3°C, the highest ever recorded on the mainland. Dubai Land
Antarctica Was Warmer Than Tel Aviv
The Climate Change Stories on Our Radar: In February, the daytime temperature in Tel Aviv averages 64.5 degrees, 4 degrees lower than the temperatures recorded last week of 20.75°C, (almost 70 deg F.) Haaretz
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