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Snow at 1,500 meters this weekend

Loco admiring the beautiful Lebanese landscape with snow melting on top of the mountains in Laqlouq, April 13, 2019. Nicolas Saadeh, @FlyingFrog

BEIRUT: Snow is expected at altitudes of 1,500 meters Friday, as Lebanon is set to be affected by a low-pressure system and cold winds over the weekend.

“Snow will likely persist until Sunday but conditions will be too cloudy and foggy for skiing,” a source at Beirut airport’s Meteorology Department told The Daily Star.

Winds are expected to pick up Friday along with thunderstorms and rain, and the low-pressure system is expected to last until Sunday night. Wind speeds will range from 20 to 40 kilometers per hour.

Friday temperatures are expected to range between 11 and 20 degrees Celsius in coastal cities, 5 and 11 in the mountains, 6 and 15 in the Bekaa Valley and minus 2 and 5 above in the Cedars.

Saturday will see the same temperatures across all Lebanese regions, with cloudy weather and sporadic rain in the afternoon accompanied by lightning, thunder and increased winds, according to the Meteorology Department.

The high levels of rainfall are part of a cyclical trend that occurs every 5 to 6 years.

“For the last 15 to 20 years we have witnessed one wet year every 5 to 6 years,” the source said.

There has been more than a twofold increase from 2018 to 2019’s accumulated rainfall. According to the source, accumulated rainfall from September 2017 to April 18, 2018, was recorded as 452 millimeters of rainfall in Beirut. From September 2018 to April 18, 2019, has seen 1,001 millimeters of rainfall in Beirut.

Thursday saw sporadic rain and temperatures below their average yearly level, according to the Meteorology Department.

Thursday’s weather ranged between 12 and 21 degrees Celsius in coastal cities, 6 and 12 in the mountains, 7 and 16 in the Bekaa Valley and minus 1 and 6 above in the Cedars.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on April 19, 2019, on page 2.

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