Temperatures in Saudi Arabia set to hit 50°C in some regions

The hottest stretch of weather (so far) arrives this week…

We know you probably haven’t escaped the fact that it’s been a pretty warm and dusty weekend. But if you were hoping for some respite, there’s some bad news.

It’s going to be another scorcher, so turn on the AC, folks.

According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), Saudi Arabia will witness a heatwave starting today, Sunday June 19, and will continue until next Wednesday.

Some regions of the Kingdom are forecast to top out at 50 degrees Celsius, while temperatures in most of the governorates of the Eastern Province (Al-Sharqiya) and the parts between Madinah and Yanbu will hit as high as 47 and 50 degrees Celsius respectively.

It’s not just those areas where it will be scorching. The mercury is set to reach between 45 and 47 degrees Celsius across the eastern parts of the regions of Riyadh, Al-Qassim and the northern borders.

With the sizzling temperatures feeling a bit too much to bear, the NCM has called on everyone to take precautions, and adhere to the instructions of the competent authorities for their safety.

Recently, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) has implemented a three-month ban on working under the sun between noon and 3pm. The ban will continue to stay in force until September 15.

The regulation comes within the framework of the ministry’s focus to protect the health of workers and its commitment to providing a safe working environment in Saudi Arabia, in accordance with occupational health and safety considerations.

If you’re out and about, remember, it’s important to stay hydrated and cool as the temperatures continue to climb.

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