Many residents in Qatar’s capital are rejoicing this afternoon as thunder and rain – and even hail – sweep across Doha and other parts of the country.
Rains have been falling in the northern part of Qatar intermittently over the past week, but this is only the second time in a decade that Doha has seen precipitation in September.
According to Steff Gaulter, senior meteorologist for Al Jazeera English, the last time Doha saw rain in September was 2012, at the end of the month.
The Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) has warned motorists to drive especially carefully as increasing winds are kicking up dust and leading to low visibility.
— حكومي – قطر (@HukoomiQatar) September 11, 2015
Indeed, several residents have reported strong and sudden dust storms in different parts of the country:
— Dilshan Waheed (@DilshanWaheed) September 11, 2015
— Niel Deladia (@Iamnivadel) September 11, 2015
Here’s the MET’s forecast for tomorrow, which predicts thunderstorms in the north but clear and sunny skies for Doha.
Weather forecast for Saturday 12/9/2015 pic.twitter.com/Ueq0O3M5r7
— أرصاد قطر (@qatarweather) September 11, 2015
Are you enjoying the weekend rain? Thoughts?