Middle East to face stormy conditions, travel delays into next week

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A northward-moving storm will bring waves of rain and thunderstorms across much of the Middle East into Tuesday.

The storm will move rather slowly, leading to multiple days of rain across much of the region.

While some wet weather surrounded the Red Sea earlier in the week, a storm system becomes more defined during the weekend. This will promote more widespread rainfall across Saudi Arabia, Jordan and southern Iraq into Sunday.

Rainfall will continue to move northward for the early part of the new week, expanding across Lebanon, Syria, eastern Turkey, northern Iraq and western Iran.

Eventually, the storm will dissipate around midweek, having expelled most of its moisture.

Widespread rainfall amounts of 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) are possible across the region.

“Many places, including Baghdad, get rainfall amounts from one storm that are typical totals for the entire months of November and December combined,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Houk.

Northeastern Syria, northern and eastern Iraq and eastern Syria are expected to receive some of the highest rainfall totals. These locations have the greatest likelihood of getting amounts of 50-75 mm (2-3 inches).

Higher elevations and the mountainous terrain of Iraq and western Iran could also end up with a total of 150 mm (6 inches) of rain into early next week.

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