Saudi Arabia Issues a Heat-Related Warning for this Year’s Hajj

Saudi Arabia Issues a Heat-Related Warning for this Year’s Hajj

As pilgrims prepare for this week’s Hajj, a Saudi spokeswoman warned of soaring temperatures as high as 48 oC, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. The health ministry’s spokesperson, Muhammad Al-Abdulaali, stated that the high temperatures this year present “a major challenge” to the Hajj season, which is scheduled to start on June 14.

He asked pilgrims to heed the ministry’s health advisories to protect themselves from the heat. Avoiding heat weariness requires carrying umbrellas, staying hydrated, and taking breaks between rituals. The ministry is working hard to give pilgrims a safe and healthy atmosphere, according to Al-Abdulaali, given the severe weather.

According to the National Center for Meteorology’s forecast, Makkah is expected to experience hot to scorching temperatures between 45 and 48 degrees Celsius, with a low chance of rain. The Kingdom has been preparing for the trip to ensure a smooth and safe Hajj this year.

A mobile control and monitoring center with sensors attached to the major road was introduced to guarantee efficient traffic movement within Makkah and the holy site. The advanced system will gauge traffic density along the routes allocated for pilgrim transportation during the Hajj season by tracking public vehicles in real time.

In cooperation with the appropriate authorities, the General Authority for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque has dispatched around five hundred trained civilian security officers to help with crowd organization and management across the Grand Mosque.

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