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After a long hot summer, the weather is starting to turn more pleasant in Qatar, cheering residents and encouraging people to get outdoors.

Notably, the temperatures have been falling only during the evenings, but sometimes to as low as the 20Cs.

For the most part, they remain in the upper 30Cs during the day, but this should change heading into October, according to forecasters.

The biggest difference will start being felt at the end of next week.

That’s when the humidity begins to dissipate and dryer conditions ensue, said Abdullah Al Mannai, acting Director of the Meteorology Department (MET).

Cloudy days

 

During this transitional phase, the humid weather is causing cloudy conditions to form around much of the country.

This has led to scattered rains and even some thunderstorms in northwestern Qatar.

According to the MET, “local thunderstorms are usually accompanied by short-lived strong downdraft winds causing rising dust and reduced visibility.”

Potential dust storms aside, who’s interested in road-tripping to catch the rain in northern Qatar this week? Thoughts?

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Light rainfall is expected to continue sprinkling over Doha during the next few days, local forecasters have said.

The announcement comes after many were pleasantly surprised by a sudden rain shower in the capital yesterday.

Rain in August

The rain was attributed to the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), which is where different trade winds collide, sometimes forming thunderstorms.

Speaking to Doha News, the Director of the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) said that rain is not that common in August.

But it isn’t unheard of either, Abdulla Al Mannai added.

While cloudy weather with light rain is in the forecast this week, the precipitation won’t affect temperatures.

That means you can still expect highs to hit the low 40s and lows to drop to around 33C at night.

Have you seen any rain yet? Thoughts?

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It’s going to be super-hot and windy in Qatar this week, local forecasters has warned.

Conditions are going to especially bad from Tuesday to Thursday, with winds reaching up to 45 knots (83km/hour) during the daytime.

Expect visibility to drop on the roads due to the swirling dust, the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) said.

Meanwhile, temps are also expected to rise, reaching up to the mid-40Cs in some areas.

In a statement this week, the MET urged “all to be cautious and to avoid going to sea during this period as well as to avoid direct sunlight.”

Al Bawarih

The strong northwesterly wind conditions are known as Al Bawarih.

They typically die down during the nighttime and regain their strength by sunrise, the MET explained.

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2015 sandstorm in Qatar

According to the department’s monthly forecast, there’s no rain expected in the coming weeks.

The first half of June is also usually sandstorm weather across the Gulf, so the MET has warned of impending shamals in Qatar.

Thoughts?