Thunder and dust storm weather warning for Makkah

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s meteorologists warned on Wednesday that thunder and dust storms will hit Makkah and other nearby areas overnight.

The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection issued a warning to residents in Makkah, Khalees, Rabegh and Al-Jumoom that the storm would start early evening and last until 1 am local time.

Makkah's Department of Civil Defense called on citizens and residents to avoid areas near lakes and valleys close to the mountainous reagions.

The statement also warned residents to avoid using mobile phones in lightning conditions.