Baghdad wakes up to its first snowfall since 2008

Baghdad wakes up to its first snowfall since 2008

- Iraqis are excited that snow fell in Iraq for the first time since 2008

- Those that were on their way to work could not contain their joy as they stopped their cars to take pictures

- Some others were said to have broken out into impromptu snowball fights

- Amer al-Jaberi of the Iraqi Meteorological Centre says the cold wave came from Europe

For the first time in more than 10 years, there was snowfall in Baghdad, Iraq, and residents were excited at the sight of it.

According to Daily Mail, residents woke up to see Baghdad covered in snow and they rushed to take pictures.

Legit.ng gathers that those that were on their way to work stopped their cars to take pictures or break out into impromptu snowball fights.

Baghdad wakes up to its first snowfall since 2008

Iraqis are excited that snow fell in Iraq for the first time since 2008. Photo credit: Getty Images
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Amer al-Jaberi of the Iraqi Meteorological Centre said that the cold wave came from Europe, adding that it may continue until Wednesday, February 12, because of the very cold weather.

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Baghdad wakes up to its first snowfall since 2008

Those that were on their way to work stopped their cars to take pictures or break out into impromptu snowball fights. Photo credit: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

One of the Tahrir Square protesters identified as Aymen Ahmed was equally excited at the sight of the snow.

Baghdad wakes up to its first snowfall since 2008

A man poses for picture in the snow. Photo credit: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Ahmed said: "Thank God it is snowing this morning. The atmosphere is beautiful ... the people are very happy because this is the first time snow falls in Iraq."

Baghdad wakes up to its first snowfall since 2008

A man taking selfie in the snow. Photo credit: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

In other news, the world could be getting its first floating city within the next 10 years, a revolutionary project which is being spearheaded by the United Nations.

This is because 90% of the world's largest cities are vulnerable to submergence as glaciers melt and seas rise on a warming planet.

The floating city will have town features such as public squares and markets.

Victor Kisob, UN-Habitat's deputy director, said: "Floating cities sound like a crazy idea but they could lead to all sorts of possibilities if done in the right way.

"The next step would be to design a prototype with partners from the private sector that could be tried and tested."

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