Baghdad Covered in Snow for The First Time in a Decade

Fresh snow falls while motorists drive through Abu Nawas street in central Baghdad Iraq Tuesday Feb. 11 2020

These were the details of the news Ultra-rare snowfall carpets Baghdad for second time in century for this day.

The last time, the city had seen snowfall was in 2008, which didn't last long and was a really short-lived affair. Iraqis of all ages said it was the first time they had ever seen snowfall in Baghdad. Before that, it had been a century since the capital witnessed any snowflakes.

The traditional palm trees adorning the streets and boulevards were White, and the tents in the Thair square where the anti-government protestants were taking cover were covered in snow as well.

'Snowfall may continue until Wednesday given the very cold weather, ' said Amer al-Jaberi of the Iraqi Meteorological Centre, explaining that the cold wave had come from Europe.

Pictures and videos show young people enjoying snowball fights, and photoshoots, while some residents used the rare opportunity to make snowmen.

Iraqi children play in the snow in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020.

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"Thank God it is snowing this morning", protester Aymen Ahmed told 7News. 'The atmosphere is attractive. the people are very happy because this is the first time snow falls in Iraq'.

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.

To the south of the capital, snow also covered the sacred Shiite city of Karbala, which attracts pilgrims from around the world to its famous shrines, the mausoleums with golden domes of Abbas and Imam Hussein.

Snowfall is known to occasionally occur in northern parts of the country, particularly in mountainous regions and regions such as the war-torn city of Mosul, although it becomes an extremely rare occurrence as one travels further south.

Iraq has experienced a number of severe weather events in the past few years.

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