Owing to severe foggy conditions that Qatar experienced in the early hours on Tuesday, the traffic movement on many major roads, including highways, was affected.
Visibility is expected to be still lower in the early hours on Wednesday as well and strong winds are also on the forecast. At times it could fall to 2km or even less. The usual visibility for the day is between 4 and 8km, according to the Met Office.
The minimum temperature forecast on Wednesday, 11C, is in the surroundings of Abu Samra. Cold climatic conditions are in store for the residents of Mesaieed, Wakrah, Al Khor and Dukhan (13C) and in Doha the day's minimum temperature will be around 17C and maximum 25C. In Ruwais, the minimum and maximum would be 16C and 21C, respectively.
Tuesday, for more than two hours from around 6am, visibility was very low across the country. Regular travellers on some of the north-bound routes from Doha said that their journeys were severely affected because of the poor visibility between 6 and 9am.
The driver of a bus ferrying Doha-based employees of a major institution in Ras Laffaan Industrial City said it took him about 3 hours on Tuesday, instead of the usual 90 minutes to reach the destination.
Similar experiences were narrated by other commuters on the Ras Laffan route. Because of the low visibility, some of the buses had to wait for considerably long spells on the service roads along the main routes, it is learnt.
Similar reports have also come from those travelling on the western side. The visibility was abysmally low in Muaither, Rayyan and surroundings for over 2 hours. Buses carrying schoolchildren too had a difficult time, as many of them reached their destinations late.
Operators did not take boats from any marinas before 10am Tuesday as conditions were far from conducive for their trips, said a veteran boat driver.
On Wednesday, strong winds are likely to hit the northern side and chances of sea rising up to to 12ft are very high. However, the average height is expected to be between 6 and 9ft above the usual level.
On the offshore areas, winds are likely to go up to 30 knots in the northern region and in the inshore areas on the northern side it would be anywhere between eight and 22 knots.
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