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Incredible Scenes from KSA: Snow on Camel Humps

Camels and snow are not a combination many would expect, the frosty scene is totally unexpected with the mercury normally hitting about 20C at this time of year – traditionally the “cold season” in the Arab country.

The Tabuk region in the north west was among the areas to be swathed in snow as temperatures dipped to a chilly -2C, local forecasters said.

These incredible photos show how locals made the most of the bizarre cold snap–by sledging down mountainsides, writing their names in freshly fallen snow and taking their trucks for a spin before it melted.

One picture shows camels with their humps covered with snow.

Some show deserts with a mixture of sand and snow, while others capture traffic jams as locals flocked to the 8,460ft Al-Lawz Mountain, near Saudi Arabia’s border with Jordan.

Some families built fires to keep warm.

Because so many people visited the area to see the snow, local police and border officials were on duty in case of an emergency, Al Arabiya reported.

Snow also fell in Lebanon, Syria and Iran–where some regions were buried under 4ft of snow.

After months of waiting for rains, Iran was hit by massive snowfall over the weekend that shut airports and schools.

Previously, Tehran’s governor had warned if the dry spell continued, half the city would not have drinking water next year.

People have taken to social media to express their shock at the unusual weather.

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