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VIDEO: Kuwait hit by hailstorm; residents celebrate rare winter weather


Kuwaitis pose for photos with hail particles along the side of a road after a storm in the Umm Al Haiman district on Wednesda. AFP

Kuwait, one of the hottest countries on Earth, has been hit by a rare hailstorm that delighted children and their parents, with images of the winter white shared widely on social media on Wednesday.

"We have not seen so much hail during the winter season in 15 years," Muhammad Karam, a former director of Kuwait's meteorological department, said.

Pictures and videos of southern roads partially blanketed in hail and ice spread online to celebrate the rare weather event.

Snow-Kuwaithail A man and children toss handfuls of hail particles picked up off the side of a road in Umm Al Haiman. AFP

Children donned scarves and raincoats as they scooped up hail in the Umm Al Haiman district, about 50 kilometres south of Kuwait City.

Kuwait's meteorological department said precipitation since Tuesday had reached up to 63 millimetres but that the weather was clearing up.

Karam said he expects the phenomenon to reoccur as climate change disrupts weather patterns.

The Gulf nation endures blistering summer heat, and scientists predict it could become unlivable in future because of climate change.

In 2016, summer temperatures peaked at 54˚C. Parts of Kuwait could get 4.5 degrees Celsius hotter from 2071 to 2100 compared with the historical average, the Environment Public Authority has warned.

Agence France-Presse

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