Kuwait Times repost: “The annual 40-day cold wave, locally known as the ‘Merbeaniya’, is due to commence next week, probably from tomorrow”, said astronomer Dr Saleh Al-Ojairi pointing out that this time of the year is usually characterized by below-ten degree temperatures that might drop to zero level on the outskirts. Ojairi urged everybody to wear warm clothes to avoid a negative effect of the harsh weather that is due to last until mid-January. “However, this year’s cold is going to be less virulent than last year’s”, he remarked.
Astronomer Adel Al-Sadoun said that the cold wave would start tomorrow (December 7) marking the beginning of one of 12 annual weather seasons in the region. “Temperature is expected to drop to an average of 8 degrees at night. Sometimes it might reach zero when northern wind blowing from Siberia hits the region”, he explained. Al-Sadoun also said that after the recent heavy rainfall, this year’s spring will be very flowery. —Al-Qabas