Windy conditions to continue until weekend: Met
May 18 2022 12:34 AM
Dusty conditions in Doha Tuesday. PICTURES: Shaji Kayamkulam and Thajudheen
Dusty conditions in Doha Tuesday. PICTURES: Shaji Kayamkulam and Thajudheen


* Doha, other places experience severe dusty conditions, low visibility on Tuesday
* Ministry of Municipality deploys patrols around the country to monitor falling of trees, sand accumulation, etc, and deal with them

Doha and other parts of the country experienced severe dusty conditions Tuesday, resulting in a sharp drop in visibility in many places.
The conditions were the result of a 'dust mass' affecting the country. The conditions improved by the evening, but the Qatar Met department said fresh northwesterly winds would continue until this weekend and become strong in some places along with blowing dust at times, while the marine warning also continues.

PICTURES Shaji Kayamkulam and Thajudheen

Wednesday's detailed forecast says strong winds and poor visibility are expected at times both inshore and offshore, with high seas also forecast. Dusty conditions are also likely, with the visibility dropping to 2km in some places at times.
The wind speed may go up to 35 knots offshore and 32 knots inshore, with the sea level rising to 13ft.

Ministry patrols on standby. Supplied picture

The temperature, meanwhile, is expected to range from 30-40C in Doha Wednesday.
The dusty weather led to visibility dropping to zero in some places, and this was accompanied by northwesterly fresh to strong winds.
The weather department, Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Interior issued advisories in view of the prevailing conditions, providing health, safety and driving tips to the public.
The Ministry of Municipality, represented by the General Cleanliness Department, made intensive preparations to deal with the impact of winds and heavy dust.

A patrol vehicle. Supplied picture

A field operations team, consisting of 173 patrols, were deployed in different regions of the country to monitor any falling of trees or accumulation of sand or waste, and to remove them immediately to ensure smooth traffic flow.
The department confirmed that the field patrols did not detect any obstacles caused by falling trees, accumulation of sand or other factors.
In a statement, the Ministry of Municipality stressed the full preparedness of the authorities concerned to intervene and assist round the clock, and called upon citizens and residents to report any obstacles caused by falling trees, debris or sand accumulation by calling 184.

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