Posted on August 27, 2016

The Qatar Meteorology Department has urged people to remain vigilant amid sudden weather changes by being in the loop on the latest updates and warnings.

People were taken by surprise by an unexpected sandstorm for a short time across the country on Wednesday afternoon, prompting the Ministry of Interior to issue warning for motorists. “People must be vigilant at all times. The department issues warnings at least 25 minutes before such phenomena,” Abdullah Mohammed Al Mannai, Acting Director of the department at Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, told The Peninsula yesterday.

The weather bureau posts up-to-date bulletins on its official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. “I urge people to follow us for updates and warnings. They can also subscribe to free SMS service by sending the word “Weather” to 92125 to receive updates,” he said. Information, including temperature, wind speed, humidity, and sea state, is available on the department’s website and updates can also be accessed in five languages by calling 44480444. Scattered rains were also reported in some areas recently such as Al Jumailiah, Al Sheehaniya, Al Ghuwariyah and Al Khor.

“It is not unusual to have rains in August. Rains have been recorded in the country during this period in past years. There have been some rains in the past few days and their intensity varied,” Al Mannai explained. He said there had been a drop of three degrees Celsius in temperature four days ago, but a significant drop can be seen by third week of September,” he said. According to a forecast, early today will be hazy to misty, and turn hot during daytime with some clouds and relatively humid by night. Offshore it will be hazy to misty with some clouds. Visibility will be between 5km and 8km and could drop to 3km or less at some places. Maximum temperature will be around 45 degrees in Abu Samra. Temperatures in Doha will range between 33 and 41 degrees. Wind speed will be between five and 15 knots northeasterly to southeasterly.

source: The Peninsula

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