After a relatively warmer week, rain is expected to cool Qatar down a bit as the country enters a period of “unstable weather,” forecasters have said.
Scattered rains are expected to begin on Tuesday night and develop into thunderstorms on Wednesday, said Steff Gaulter, senior meteorologist at Al Jazeera English.
That means motorists should expect a wet commute on Wednesday morning, and may want to budget extra time to avoid being late to school or work, said Abdulla Al Mannai, head of forecasting and analysis at the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET).
There is a good chance that moderate with a chance of thundery showers to affect Qatar on Tuesday evening and most of Wednesday it is advisable to get a head start to avoid any delays due to any adverse weather conditions
In a statement, the MET attributed the weather to a “deepening low in the upper levels of the atmosphere.”
Last sat-image shows convective clouds over northern/western Arabian Peninsula due to the low affecting the region. pic.twitter.com/jMtIbsMvNk
— أرصاد قطر (@qatarweather) February 22, 2016
It added that strong winds of up to 35 knots (65 km/hour) will move in around midday Wednesday and last until Friday evening.
Residents have been cautioned about decreased visibility and high waves at sea during this time period.
The wind will also cause temperatures to drop to around 14C (57F) at night, while daytime highs fall slightly to around 26C (79F).
Rain is not uncommon for this type of year. In the past, heavy downpours have been known to cause flooding that paralyzed parts of Qatar.
However, forecasters told Doha News they don’t expect that much precipitation this time around.