KUWAIT: A dust storm hit Kuwait yesterday, with northwesterly winds of 70 km per hour and visibility of less than 1,000 m. — Photo by Joseph Shagra

KUWAIT: Official at Kuwait Meteorological Department Yasser Al-Bolushi said that a gradual improvement in weather conditions is expected, with a significant decline in temperature. Speaking to KUNA, Bolushi said yesterday’s weather was affected by strong northwesterly wind exceeding 70 kilometers per hour, causing rising dust and a decrease in horizontal visibility to less than 1,000 m, with sea waves exceeding seven feet. Maximum temperatures were between 14 to 18 degrees Celsius.

Yesterday night, the weather was very cold with light to moderate northwesterly wind with speeds of 15-40 km/h, he added. Today, the weather will be cold by day and very cold at night, with light to moderate northwesterly wind with speeds of 15-35 km/h, and expected temperature is between 15-8 degrees Celsius. Tomorrow will be very cold, especially at night, with moderate northwesterly wind with a velocity of 12 to 35 km/h and temperatures between 16 to zero degrees Celsius, with a chance of frost in some areas.

Maritime operations were stopped at Shuwaikh, Doha, Shuaiba seaports due to the abnormal weather, the Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) said yesterday. KPA said in a statement that operations were suspended at 08:00 am local time. But operations at Kuwait International Airport are still normal despite the dust storm hitting the country, said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) yesterday. Head of aviation at the DGCA Emad Al-Sanousi told KUNA that flights continue to operate at the airport. – KUNA