Following a rare hailstorm that hit Kuwait, one of the world’s warmest countries, and delighted children and their parents, pictures of the winter white were widely shared on social media on Wednesday.
According to Muhammad Karam, a former director of Kuwait’s meteorological agency, we have not experienced this much hail during the winter season in 15 years.
Images and videos of southern roads that were partially covered in hail and ice were shared online to commemorate the unusual weather event.
Kids were scooping up hail while wearing scarves and raincoats in the Umm Al Haiman neighborhood, about 50 kilometers south of Kuwait City.
According to Kuwait’s meteorological agency, the weather was improving, but since Tuesday, there had been up to 63 millimeters of rain.
Karam stated that he expects the phenomenon to recur as weather patterns change due to climate change.
The Gulf country experiences excruciating summer heat, and scientists fear that climate change will soon render it uninhabitable.
That year, 54 C was the highest recorded summer temperature. The Environment Public Authority has issued a warning that Kuwait may experience temperatures that are 4.5 degrees Celsius above average in some locations between 2071 and 2100.