The country is likely to experience unstable weather from tomorrow evening until Tuesday (February 14) night, resulting in strong winds, rain and thunderstorms, the Qatar Met department has said.
A slight rise in temperatures is also expected during this period, according to the weather office. In a report yesterday, the Met department said weather maps indicated that a spell of instability would affect the country on the above-mentioned days. It will get cloudy and there is a chance of light, scattered rain during this period. The conditions will intensify between Sunday and Tuesday, leading to medium to heavy rain in some areas along with thunderstorms at times.
This will be due to the “deepening of an upper low-pressure system” over northern Saudi Arabia, along with an “extension of the Sudan low-pressure system” over the Arabian Peninsula, the report explains. The wind will be mostly southeasterly, and light to moderate in intensity, on Friday and Saturday. Then, it will become fresh to strong on Sunday and Monday. The wind speed will be in the range of 18-25 knots, going up to 35 knots during the thunderstorms.
The sea height, meanwhile, will be 8-12ft and may rise to 15ft during thundershowers. A slight rise in temperatures has also been predicted during the entire period, going up by 2-3C. In Doha, the maximum temperature will be 24-26C and the minimum 14-16C, the report states.
The Met department has urged people to be cautious in view of the expected inclement weather and windy conditions and follow related developments through its official website and social networking sites. More is available at http://qweather.gov.qa
Today, strong winds and high seas are likely in offshore areas in the early hours of the day. The wind speed (northwesterly) may go up to 22 knots in these areas before decreasing by the afternoon, with the sea level rising to 7ft.
Offshore areas will also see hazy conditions along with some clouds at times. The detailed forecast says it will be hazy in some inshore areas at first, followed by mild daytime conditions and some clouds. It will be cold by late in the night.
After a “cold wave” affected the country over the past few days, with the mercury level dropping to a record low of 1.5C in Abu Samra and well under 10C at several other places, temperatures have started going up across Qatar.
The minimum temperature is expected to be 11C in Abu Samra, Wakrah, Mesaieed and Al Khor today, while in Doha it will be 13C. The maximum, on the other hand, will range from 19C to 23C.
Yesterday, a minimum temperature of 7C was recorded in Sheehaniya, followed by 9C in Al Khor and some other places. Southern areas such as Abu Samra, Mesaieed, Wakrah and Karana, which had recorded some of the lowest temperatures in the country in recent days, were relatively warmer yesterday as the minimum rose to 10-12C.
Also, the Doha airport area registered a minimum temperature of 13C yesterday.