Despite the fair-weather spell Doha has been having for the past few days, a northwesterly wind is expected to move in and start cooling things down again this weekend, senior meteorologist Steff Gaulter of Al Jazeera English has told Doha News.
On Twitter, the Qatar Meteorology Department adds:
Expected instability weather for tomorrow with chance of light scattered rain at some places.
— أرصاد قطر (@qatarweather) January 1, 2014
Most villas and flats in Qatar do not have central heating, so in the winter months, many residents turn to space heaters and other devices to warm their homes.
To prevent injury, the Ministry of Interior tweeted a series of safety tips this week, including:
- Keep flammable items such as curtains, wood furniture and electronics at least three feet away from heaters;
- Maintain a three-foot “kid-free” zone around open fires and space heaters. Don’t allow children to play with the heaters;
- Never use your oven to heat your home. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed;
- Do not overload extension cords of outlets, and do not place electrical cords under rugs. Older, fraying extension cords should be trashed; and
- Only use the type of fuel specified by the manufacturer of a fuel-burning space heater.
What advice would you add? Thoughts?