Qatar is likely to experience a ‘cold wave’ over the coming weekend, the Met department has said.
Temperatures are expected to be 3-6C below normal during this period and the windy conditions will make it feel colder, according to the weather office.
Citing weather charts, the Met department said on Monday that the country would be “affected by a cold wave during the weekend due to the extension of a Siberian high-pressure system, accompanied by fresh to strong northwesterly winds, from Thursday dawn (February 2) until Sunday (February 5)”.
According to the Met department, the mercury is expected to drop 3-6C below the average levels, with the minimum in Doha ranging from 10-13C and the maximum from 17-20C.
The minimum temperature may dip below 7C in southern and open areas, with the windy conditions adding to the chill factor.
The wind speed is expected to range from 15 knots to 28 knots inland (with gusts of 35 knots at times) and visibility may drop below 2km in some areas due to dust.
In offshore areas, winds are expected to reach a speed of 35 knots and sea waves may rise to over 15ft towards the north.
In addition, the cloud cover may intensify gradually from Wednesday evening until Thursday and there is a chance of scattered rain.
Meanwhile, temperatures have started coming down after rising over the past few days. On Tuesday, a minimum temperature of 11C is expected in Wakrah and Mesaieed, followed by 12C in Abu Samra and 16C in Doha .
The maximum, on the other hand, will range from 18C in Abu Samra to 23C in Doha.
On Monday, a minimum temperature of 14C was recorded in Karana and Ghuwairiya . In the capital, the minimum was 17C at the Doha airport area.
The Met department has urged people to be cautious and avoid sea activities in view of the expected weather conditions.