After scattered light to moderate rain over central and northern areas of Qatar on Friday, a sunny but dusty weather is forecast Saturday, with chances of rain expected to return again from Sunday for three days.
The chances of rain are due to a deepening upper level low pressure system before settled weather conditions return gradually on Wednesday, Qatar Meteorology Department said on twitter.
In general, rain is expected to be scattered and light to moderate from Sunday for three days and may become thundery and heavy at times over some areas.
The Met office explained in a separate tweet that as spring begins, it marks the onset of the season of sudden changes known locally as Al Sarayat, from Monday and continues until mid-May.
“This spring period is characterised with continuous weather fluctuations as westerly disturbances continue crossing Arabian Peninsula, accompanied with warm fronts at first, followed by cold fronts.
“These low pressure systems are usually accompanied with southerly dry and hot winds lasting for several days. Al Sarayat period is known to have quick convective cloud formations and sudden thunderstorms during evening time, accompanied with heavy rain and strong downdraft winds variable in direction.
“Al Sarayat season is associated with severe weather such as violent lightning strikes, strong winds, heavy rain and dust. It is called Al Sarayat because it moves usually a night, during intermittent periods.”
The prevailing winds will be northeasterly to southeasterly moderate to fresh/strong in speed at times with a chance of blowing dust, reducing visibility to 3km or less, especially on Sunday.
Sea state is expected to be rough and unsuitable for all marine activities as wave height could reach 11ft at times. Qatar Meteorology Department has urged caution and to follow the latest updates and warnings it issues, given the sudden weather fluctuations of Al Sarayat season.
On Saturday, the maximum temperature of 31C is forecast in Doha, followed by 30C at Mesaieed and Wakrah, 28C at Al Khor and Abu Samra, 27C at Dukhan and 24C at Ruwais.
The minimum temperature of 18C is expected at Ruwais and Abu Samra, followed by 19C at Dukhan, 20C at Mesaieed, Wakrah and Al Khor, and 21C in Doha.
On Friday, the maximum temperature of 30C was recorded at Abu Samra and the minimum of 21C at Dukhan and Ruwais.
Last updated: March 17 2017 07:43 PM
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