More thundery rain forecast as unstable conditions persist
March 05 2017 12:40 AM
Camels walk past a pool of water, caused by the latest spell of rain, next to the race tracks in Sheehaniya yesterday. PICTURE: Jayaram

Doha and other parts of the country are likely to receive more rain, which may be thundery and heavy at times, until tomorrow morning, the Qatar Met department.
Thundershowers have also been forecast in offshore areas today along with strong winds and high seas.
Qatar experienced a couple of rainy spells in February and this is the third one in about a month’s time. The latest spell started on Thursday and gained momentum as the weekend progressed.
In a report yesterday, the Met department said the country is still “under the influence of a state of atmospheric instability due to an upper-level low-pressure system”, which is expected to continue until tomorrow morning.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies will continue along with scattered light-moderate rain in most parts of the country, according to the weather office. The rain will “become heavy at times along with thunder activity”.
The Met department said the unstable weather conditions were expected to be particular intense from last evening until today afternoon.
The winds will be northeasterly-northwesterly in nature and light to moderate in intensity, becoming fresh at times with thundery rain.
The weather office has asked people to follow latest updates through its official social media accounts and check the weather forecast before sailing.
Meanwhile, today’s detailed forecast for both inshore and offshore areas says hazy and cloudy conditions are expected along with scattered rain, which may be thundery at times in some places.
The wind speed may go up to 25 knots inshore during thundershowers. Offshore, it may reach a high of 24 knots by late in the night towards the north, with the sea level rising to 8ft.
A minimum temperature of 17C is likely in Dukhan today, followed by 18C in Wakrah, Mesaieed, Abu Samra, Al Khor and Ruwais, and 19C in Doha. The maximum, on the other hand, will be between 20C and 25C.
Yesterday, a minimum temperature of 17C was recorded in Dukhan, Sheehaniya and other places, while in Doha (airport area) it was 20C. The maximum ranged from 20C to 28C.
Rain and thunderstorms were reported from Doha and other places yesterday, and the Met department also advised people to avoid venturing into the sea due to the prevailing conditions.
Various agencies used their social media platforms to issue safety tips to people and advise them on the steps to be taken in such conditions.
For instance, the Met department issued safety guidelines for people to follow during thundershowers, while the Ministry of Interior reminded motorists to be cautious and drive carefully. On its part, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment re-issued a list of phone numbers that people could call to get rainwater removed and seek other related services.

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