By Sarah Townsend
Light rain forecast in the UAE as average temperatures of 15 degrees Celsuis forecast across Saudi Arabia
GCC countries are expected to enter a 13-day cold period from Wednesday, Emirates247 reported.
Temperatures are expected to plummet to their lowest in the winter season – a forecast average of around 15 degrees and as low as 7 degrees at the weekend, the newspaper said.
The January cold period is known in Saudi Arabia as Talei Al Balda, and is the result of strong north and northeasterly winds blowing across the Gulf.
Saudi astronomer Salmal Al Ramadan, a member of the astronomy association in the Eastern Saudi province of Al Qateef, was quoted as saying the cold snap would be centred on the kingdom, but extend to neighbouring Gulf countries.
Light rain is forecast in the UAE over the next two days, it was reported.