Unseasonal summer snow blankets Saudi city

While other parts of the kingdom are baking, snow has fallen on Tanomah.
Unseasonal summer snow blankets Saudi city
SNOW MAN: Summer snow has fallen in Tanomah in south west Saudi. (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)
By Elsa Baxter
Wed 07 Apr 2010 08:13 AM

Unseasonal summer snow fell on northern parts of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, while other parts of the kingdom baked under scorching sun.

According to local media, a thick blanket of snow fell on Tanomah in north Abha, in the south west of the kingdom, which is unusual for this time of year.

The suburban areas of Namas, Souda, Shaaf, Turaib, Oqbat Dalae, Khaibar Al-Janoub, Madda, Tihama Balasmar and Balahmar received heavy rainfalls accompanied by hailstorms on Tuesday, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

This week in Dubai in the neighbouring UAE thick fog has made visibility poor in the early mornings, however this cleared on Wednesday.

Last month, heavy rains across the UAE caused severe flooding in some emirates, especially Sharjah where three people were killed.

Officials have pledged AED13 billion ($3.5bn) to fix the emirate’s drainage systems.

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