Heavy rains in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Thursday delayed flights, forced school suspensions, and blocked the road to Mecca.
Jeddah is often referred to as the “gateway to Mecca,” where millions perform the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages each year.
The Saudi Press Agency reported that the city’s King Abdulaziz International Airport said that “due to weather conditions, the departure of some flights has been delayed” and urged passengers to contact carriers for up-to-date schedules.
It reported that schools in the city would be suspended as rains were forecast to continue throughout the day.
Schools were also closed in the nearby towns of Rabigh and Khulais. Rainstorms and flooding occur almost every year in Jeddah.