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Jabal Sawda
Al Sawda peak.jpg
Highest point
Elevation3,000 m (9,800 ft)
Coordinates18°16′00″N 42°22′06″E / 18.266717°N 42.368264°E / 18.266717; 42.368264Coordinates: 18°16′00″N 42°22′06″E / 18.266717°N 42.368264°E / 18.266717; 42.368264[1]
Naming
Native nameجَبَل ٱلسُّوْدَة (in Arabic)
Geography
Jabal Sawda is located in Saudi Arabia
Jabal Sawda
Jabal Sawda
Parent rangeAsir Mountains

Jabal Sawda (Arabic: جَبَل ٱلسُّوْدَة jabal as-sūda, pronounced [dʒabal asːuːda]) is a peak located in Saudi Arabia, with a claimed elevation of 3,133 metres (10,279 ft), on the basis of which it is claimed to be the highest point in Saudi Arabia.[2]

In a 2018 GPS survey the peak's elevation was measured at a lower 2,998.7 m (9,838 ft) altitude this is 2.9 m (9 ft 6 in) lower than that of Jabal Ferwa another Saudi Arabian peak further to the east, at 17°55′43″N 43°15′56″E / 17.928547°N 43.265528°E / 17.928547; 43.265528. [3][unreliable source?] These elevations are both consistent with public domain SRTM data.

The village of Al Souda is located nearby. The town is a tourist centre and has a cable car[4] to the top of the mountain.[5]

Climate

Climate data for Sawda (2,946 metres or 9,665 feet)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 14.8
(58.6)
16.1
(61.0)
18.0
(64.4)
20.2
(68.4)
22.8
(73.0)
25.9
(78.6)
24.8
(76.6)
24.5
(76.1)
24.0
(75.2)
20.0
(68.0)
17.0
(62.6)
15.2
(59.4)
20.3
(68.5)
Daily mean °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
9.4
(48.9)
11.5
(52.7)
13.3
(55.9)
15.7
(60.3)
18.2
(64.8)
18.3
(64.9)
18.2
(64.8)
16.3
(61.3)
12.6
(54.7)
9.8
(49.6)
8.2
(46.8)
13.3
(55.9)
Average low °C (°F) 1.7
(35.1)
2.7
(36.9)
5.1
(41.2)
6.5
(43.7)
8.6
(47.5)
10.5
(50.9)
11.8
(53.2)
12.0
(53.6)
8.6
(47.5)
5.2
(41.4)
2.7
(36.9)
1.2
(34.2)
6.4
(43.5)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 18
(0.7)
40
(1.6)
63
(2.5)
70
(2.8)
28
(1.1)
7
(0.3)
29
(1.1)
46
(1.8)
8
(0.3)
4
(0.2)
10
(0.4)
9
(0.4)
332
(13.1)
Source: Climate-data.org

See also

References

  1. ^ "Saudi Arabia – Jabal Ferwa". 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ Wynbrandt, James (14 May 2014). "Appendix 2: Basic facts about Saudi Arabia". A Brief History of Saudi Arabia. New York City: Infobase Publishing. p. 294. ISBN 978-1-4381-0830-8.
  3. ^ Gilbertson, Eric and Matthew (18 August 2018), Jabal Ferwa, retrieved 21 November 2019
  4. ^ "Habla draws adventure lovers in droves". Saudi Gazette. Abha. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Mt. Al Souda Cable Car - Cable Car, Abha Traveller Reviews". Tripadvisor. Retrieved 5 January 2022.