Sandstorm Envelops Riyadh With High Wind Speeds

A sandstorm hit Riyadh yesterday, enveloping the city in heavy dust clouds that hampered visibility, affected temperatures and caused substantial traffic delays.

Though not infrequent at this time of year, the storm still created unfavourable conditions, with the maximum temperature at 19 and a minimum at 6 degrees Celsius, and wind speeds reaching 40 kilometres per hour.

Traffic police in Riyadh warned residents to take care, whilst telling motorists to drive slowly, use headlights at all times and exercise restraint.

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People with respiratory conditions, meanwhile, were also advised to avoid going outside where possible.

Source: Arab News