Kuwait meteorologist predicts wet Eid holidays

November 11, 2010


A Kuwaiti meteorologist has said there is a strong possibility of rain on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and beyond.

A Siberian high pressure system reached Kuwait earlier than originally predicted and was responsible for the cold, dry wintry weather already affecting the country, Taha Ramadan said. According to the meteorologist, a slight shift in wind direction from the predicted course, in the 24 hours between Monday and yesterday, changed local forecasts for the Eid holiday.

“Initially, because of the early Siberian high pressure front and dry winds, we predicted that the sky would remain clear over the next 10 days,” he said. “However, a slight shift in wind direction, that took place in the last 24 hours, meant that the chance of rain over the holiday period now stands at between 20 and 50 per cent,” he was quoted by Kuwait Times as saying.

The early arrival of the Siberian high pressure system over the past five days, brought temperatures down in Kuwait, to colder than is usual for this time of year.

“Temperatures will continue to fall over the next 10 days, with the daytime temperature remaining relatively stable at around 26 to 29 degrees Celsius, while the night time temperature is forecast to fall to a distinctly chilly minus to eight,” he was quoted by the daily as saying.

The weather monitoring centre at Kuwait International Airport (KIA) has, over the last three days, registered the coldest temperatures ever for early November in Kuwait.
“Six degrees in early November is a record-breaking temperature for Kuwait,” said the meteorologist. “This suggests one thing – that [winter] could be chillier this year compared with previous years”.

“The Siberian high pressure front is a massive quantity of cold or extremely cold air that accumulates over Eurasian terrain during much of the year, before bringing cold weather to neighbouring regions and others as far away as the Middle East,” he said.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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