Snow falls in Kuwait for ‘first time ever’

h/t Caleb

Snow fell on Kuwait on Thursday morning for the first time in the country’s history, pictures sent to Middle East Eye show.

Footage sent to MEE showed snow flakes falling in the Gulf state, where temperatures have plummeted in recent days.

Photos showed Kuwait’s desert landscape dusted with a sprinkling of snow.

Temperatures in Kuwait soar up to 50C in the summer months and even in winter 20C is the norm. However, on Thursday the temperature was as low as 3C.

There is no record of snow having fallen in Kuwait before, although the emirate has experienced hail and frost in the past when temperatures have fallen in the winter.

A Kuwaiti told MEE that Thursday’s snow was a first for the country.

“I asked my grandfather, he said there has never been snow before,” they said, preferring to remain anonymous. “Everyone is surprised.”

While snow is unheard of in Kuwait, in neighbouring Saudi Arabia the north of the country regularly sees snowfall.

In the city of Rafha on Thursday temperatures fell to -2C. Photos and footage sent to MEE showed the ground covered in snow.

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6 thoughts on “Snow falls in Kuwait for ‘first time ever’

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    @ Quote: In neighbouring Saudi Arabia the north of the country regularly sees snowfall.
    That is true. But now they’re talking about HEAVY snowfall, shutting down schools in Saudi Arabia.

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