Baghdad covered in snow for second time this century
13 February, 2020, 23:25
Baghdad residents rushed to have snowball fights or take pictures on Tuesday when the Iraqi capital woke up carpeted in white only by its second snowfall in a century.
The last recorded snowfall in the city was in 2008, but it was a quick and mostly slushy affair.
The capital's insane traffic was even more out of control than ever, because the drivers stopped their vehicles to enjoy a spectacle they may not see again in their lives.
Iraqi capital Baghdad witnessed a rare sight of snowfall on February 11 after almost over a decade.
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The climate of Baghdad is known as a desert climate, meaning it usually experiences extremely hot, dry summers and mild winters.
Snowfall is more normal in northern Iraq, where snow covered the war-battered city of Mosul, nevertheless in the centre and south, there is seldom enough rains.
Very few Iraqi residents will have experienced the country's last proper snowfall, so this is quite a momentous, and joyful, a moment for the nation. The movement has lost steam in recent weeks after the powerful Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr withdrew his support for the protests. 'The atmosphere is handsome. the people are very happy because this is the first time snow falls in Iraq'.
'Thank God it is snowing this morning, ' said Aymen Ahmed, one of the Tahrir Square protesters.
The highest temperature level taped in the capital was a searing 51 degrees Celsius (124 degrees Fahrenheit), a record it has neared a variety of times in present years.
Iraq has been hit by a succession of extreme weather events in recent years. Then a year ago, heavy rainfall led to serious flooding and widespread damage to the country's infrastructure.
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