Heavy rainfall in Makkah, Mina after extreme heatwave

The holy sites of Mina, Muzdalifah, and the plain of Arafat in Makkah have experienced heavy rainfall, bringing much-needed relief to the region.

The downpour has significantly improved the weather conditions, leading to a decrease in the intensity of the heat.

The Hajj pilgrims have expressed gratitude to Allah for the rain, which has provided a comfortable and pleasant environment for the ongoing Hajj rituals.

Several areas within the holy city of Makkah, including the surrounding neighbourhoods, have also seen substantial rainfall, further enhancing the spiritual atmosphere during this sacred time.

The sudden change in weather has been welcomed by both the local residents and the Hajj pilgrims, who have been experiencing the effects of the scorching summer heat in recent weeks.

Muslim pilgrims from across the world will experience the last summer Hajj next year before a 17-year hiatus from the hotter months, Gulf News reported.

The transition, dictated by the Islamic lunar calendar, will see the Hajj moving to cooler spring and winter months, according to Hussein Al Qahtani, the official spokesman for the National Meteorological Center.

This change is expected to provide relief from the extreme heat experienced during the pilgrimage, with this year’s temperatures ranging between 45 to 47 degrees Celsius.

“Low clouds will appear on the Eastern coast areas, with a probability of some convective clouds forming by afternoon, which will be associated with rainfall over some Eastern and Southern areas of the country on Monday,” the Met Office said.

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