Spring weather forecast, turning gloom to bloom

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Spring in Amman (Photo: Leen Al-Rashdan/JNews)
AMMAN — Moderate spring weather is forecast to prevail during the weekend, marking the end of cold weather, according to the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD). The changing weather, nonetheless, is not being celebrated as usual, as it seems unable to lift citizens’ spirits this time amid the current pandemic, experts said.اضافة اعلان

Jordan is set to witness a gradual increase in temperatures for the weekend, with moderate winds averaging 8-20 km/h across the kingdom, according to JMD.

On Thursday, temperatures in Amman as well as in Irbid, Jerash, Ajloun, and Balqa are predicted to reach a high of 26°C and a low of 13°C, while on Friday temperatures are expected to range between 28°C and 14°C, increasing on Saturday to a high of 30°C and a low of 16°C.

Moderate weather is predicted for Karak and Tafilah, with temperatures forecast to range between 21°C and 8°C on Thursday, 22°C and 9°C on Friday, and between 24°C and 10°C on Saturday.

Relatively hot weather I expected in Aqaba with temperatures ranging between 35°C and 22°C on Thursday, 37°C and 23°C on Friday, and between 39°C and 25°C on Saturday.

Temperatures in Mafraq on Thursday will reach 26°C during the day and 7°C at night, while they will increase on Friday and Saturday to 31°C during the daytime but remain within the range of 8°C at night.

Each year, spring season brings about pleasant weather and blossoms, motivating Jordanians to go out again after the long cold winter. This year’s spring, however, seems to be different, as “the curfew, economic pressure, increased unemployment, poverty, and the fear of the virus are all curbing this joy,” said Hussien Khuzaie, a professor in sociology.

The sociologist added that “citizens are unable to enjoy the pleasant weather and the shiny sun at picnics and on trips since they now prioritize adequate food over having fun.” Khuzaie said. The current circumstances with the “death toll reaching around 8,000, which alters the way Jordanians perceive spring.”  

For her part, a psychologist noted that “the crisis has notably taken out the spring pleasure and family spirit this season,” said Sereen Sabouh, an intern psychologist at a medical association for Syrian refugees.

Sabouh added that “depression and overwhelming boredom are have been in many people for over a year now.”

Despite hardships, people also expressed optimism, and hope for nicer weather: “When we aim for happiness, fate is to respond,” said Amani Hatim, a PhD holder and Arabic poet, calling for more positive perceptions of springtime.