Strong winds, thundery rain on Monday
February 12 2017 10:01 PM
Cars make their way in the rain on Sunday
Cars make their way in the rain on Sunday. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam


More rain is expected in Doha and other parts of the country on Monday as the Qatar Met department has forecast thundershowers in some places along with strong winds.

The weather office has also warned of strong winds, high seas and thundery rain in offshore areas Monday.

The conditions, which are the outcome of atmospheric instability “due to an upper-level low-pressure system coinciding with an extension of the Sudan heat low-pressure system” over the region, are expected to continue until February 18, according to a Met report.
Scattered rain was reported from across the country – including Doha — Sunday, with the weather office also tweeting about the presence of thundery cells over some areas.
The Met department also reminded people to avoid sea activities due to windy conditions and expected thundershowers.
On Monday, winds will blow at 7-17 knots in inshore areas, reaching a high of 27 knots in some places at times during thundershowers.
In offshore areas, the wind speed will be 20-30 knots, going up to 35 knots during thundery rain and decreasing to 10-20 knots later.
The detailed forecast also says it will be hazy and cloudy conditions are likely in inshore areas along with scattered rain, which may be thundery at times in some places.
Similar conditions are likely in offshore areas as well, where the sea level may rise to 15ft during rain and thunder.
The minimum temperature is expected to be 19C in Ruwais and Dukhan Monday, while in Doha it will be 21C.
The maximum, on the other hand, will range from 24C to 29C in the country.
On Sunday, a minimum temperature of 17C was recorded in Shehaimiya in the north.
In and around the capital, the minimum was 18C in the Hamad International Airport area, 19C in the Qatar University area and 20C in the Doha airport area.
On Saturday, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) issued a list of emergency numbers of all municipalities in Qatar, which people could call to get help and seek rainwater removal services. The full list is available on the MME Twitter page.
Meanwhile, transport company Mowasalat also urged motorists in Qatar to drive safely in view of the weather conditions this week.
Urging people to obtain weather-related information and updates from official sources only, the Met department has issued a list of safety measures to be followed during thunderstorms.
People should take extra care as thunderstorms may be accompanied by hail at times and strong winds that could raise dust and cause a sudden drop in visibility.
They should try to stay indoors and make sure that car windows are closed – if driving – to avoid risks associated with lightning.
Try to stay away from open water sources as far as possible; if swimming outdoors, stop immediately and head to a safe place.
Avoid standing in elevated areas, on rooftops or under trees and near electricity poles.
Unplug power supply for home appliances in order to protect them from the passage of a thunderbolt through the electric current.

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