Thundershowers again forecast for Wednesday
February 27 2018 11:40 PM
Doha rain
Rain in Doha on Tuesday evening. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam


The Met department has said thunder and rain are again expected in Qatar on Wednesday along with strong winds, a day after thunderstorms were reported from Doha and some other parts of the country. 
The weather office has issued a warning for similar conditions, as well as high seas, in offshore areas as well.
On Wednesday, it will be hazy to misty in some places in the early hours of the day. Cloudy conditions are also likely and there is a chance of scattered rain, which may be thundery in some inshore areas at times.
Northeasterly-northwesterly winds will blow at 5-15 knots, going up to 25 knots during the thundershowers.
Offshore, too, hazy and cloudy conditions are expected along with scattered rain in some places, which may become thundery occasionally. Mainly northeasterly winds will blow at 10-20 knots, reaching a high of 35 knots in some areas during thundery rain. The sea level, meanwhile, may rise to 12ft.
The temperature in Doha is expected to range from 20-24C on Wednesday; on Tuesday it was 21-23C. 
The Qatari capital witnessed rainy conditions on Tuesday, including a thunderstorm in the evening, accompanied by strong winds. Similar conditions were also reported from Mesaieed and some other places towards the south, according to the Met department.
Earlier in the day, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) tweeted that rainfall had been detected in different parts of the country, such as Mekaines, Mesaieed, Wakrah, Simaisima, Al Khor and Al Zubarah. “Motorists are advised to be careful and take necessary safety measures to avoid accidents,” it said.
The ministry also re-issued, on social media, a set of safe-driving instructions for motorists to follow in rainy conditions.
On its part, the Met department, too, offered advice to people on how to stay safe during thunderstorms. “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,” it said.
“Try to stay indoors and make sure to close car windows if you are driving to avoid the risk of lightning,” the advisory continued. “Try to stay away from open water as much as possible and, if you are swimming outdoors, stop immediately and head to a safe place.”
“Also, avoid standing in high areas, on roofs or under trees and electricity poles,” the Met department said. “Unplug the power supply of home appliances to protect them from thunderbolts.”

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