Saudi Arabia Braces for More Dangerous Wet Weather

Authorities in Saudi Arabia’s are cautioning that more thunderstorms and wet weather is on its way to several areas across the Kingdom, as locals brace for the potential for additional flooding and other hazards.

The country’s General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection warned that heavy winds along with thunder and rain would hit Jazan, Asir and Baha heights, including the coast on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia’s western province of Mecca is also bracing itself for further extreme weather conditions, and authorities have issued warnings predicting strong winds and high waves in the Red Sea, Arab News reports.

Devastating floods have been wreaking havoc in Saudi Arabia since November 10, with an estimated 30 people killed and at least 4,000 evacuated from flood-affected areas.

Flooding is an annual challenge for Saudi Arabia as much of the Kingdom remains dry for long stretches but for seasonal rain periods, which may cause dangerous flash floods.