Poor visibility due to dust forecast
February 18 2018 06:10 PM
weather- windy, dusty


Poor visibility is expected in parts of the country on Monday due to dust, the Qatar Met department has said. The weather office has also issued a marine warning for strong winds and high seas, along with poor visibility in some places.

The wind speed (northwesterly) will be 18-25 knots offshore, going up to 30 knots towards the north at times. Inshore, the wind speed may reach a high of 19 knots in some areas.

On Saturday, the Met department had said the country was likely to experience strong winds, dusty conditions and a drop in visibility between Sunday evening and Monday evening. It had also urged people to avoid sea activities due to the possibility of rough conditions and high waves.

Reiterating this, the department said in a tweet Sunday afternoon that latest satellite image showed ‘widespread dust’ over the northern Arabian Peninsula. Later, in the evening, the weather office tweeted that strong winds would continue blowing offshore until Monday evening.

Monday’s detailed forecast says moderate temperature is expected during the day and dusty conditions are also likely in some places along with clouds. It will be cold by night.

Offshore areas, too, are expected to see dusty conditions at times along with scattered clouds, with the sea level rising to 10ft towards the north at times.

The Met department had said the northwesterly winds would bring down the temperature to its average levels for this time of the year. Doha and other parts of the country had witnessed a sharp rise in the mercury level over the past few days.

On Monday, the minimum and maximum temperatures are expected to be 16C and 24C, respectively, in Abu Samra, 17C and 27C in both Wakrah and Mesaieed, 18C and 24C in Al Khor, 18C and 25C in Dukhan, 18C and 26C in Doha, and 19C and 23C in Ruwais.

In comparison, the mercury levels recorded Sunday ranged from 15-35C in Abu Samra, 21-26C in Wakrah, 21-31C in Mesaieed, 19-27C in Al Khor, 19-30C in Dukhan, 21-32C in Doha and 19-30C in Ruwais.

Last updated: February 18 2018 11:17 PM

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