A fresh round of dust storms are expected to hit Qatar tomorrow afternoon and stick around until Saturday, thanks to a new high pressure front from Saudi Arabia.
According to the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET), wind speeds will reach up to 28 knots, or 52km/hour, over the next few days, picking up sand and reducing visibility on the roads.
In a statement, the MET added that temperatures will also fall a few degrees:
“There would be drop in temperature between 2 to 4C, and the maximum temperature to be between 23 to 25C (77F) in the city of Doha. The minimum will be 14 to 17C (63F), which would be further lower over the southern parts of the country. The night and early morning weather would be felt colder due to fresh winds.”
Last March, Qatar was literally flooded with rain.
But a lack of precipitation this month may be contributing to the ongoing dusty conditions – without rain to tamp down the sand, the wind continues to swirl it around, dropping visibility and air quality.
In the recent past, that combination has caused thousands of Qatar residents, especially children, to suffer respiratory problems. Here’s some advice from Hamad Medical Corp. on taking care during dusty conditions.