Browsing 'rain' News

Biju CG

Thunderstorms in Qatar

Thunderstorms rolled through Qatar yesterday, slowing down traffic on the roads as well as in the air.

Many people shared photos and videos of the downpours last night, focusing in particular on the dazzling electrical storms that lit up the sky:

The storm over Barwa City, by Dean Croucher.

A post shared by Doha News (@dohanews) on

#doha #qatar

A post shared by M (@almubarak_m) on

Lighting and Earth hour

A post shared by A. Basit Photography (@a.basit_photo) on

For some, the rain was a good excuse to spend the weekend indoors.

Others complained however of hours-long delays in flights to and from Doha, prompting Qatar Airways to warn flyers to check their status before heading to the airport:

More rain on the way

Many people also complained about an increase in traffic accidents due to waterlogged roads.

The downpours are expected to continue today, according to local forecasters, so the Ministry of Interior has been warning people to drive safe:

And for those struggling with flooding in their neighborhood, the government is asking residents report any problems by calling these numbers:

Al Sarayat

Rain in March is not that unusual, and inclement weather usually marks the country’s transition from winter to spring, a period called Al Sarayat.

According to the MET, this period goes from March 20 to mid-May. It is charactered by weather fluctuations, including warm and cold fronts, as well as dry and hot winds.

Severe weather such as violent lightning strikes, strong winds, heavy rain and dust are also common, forecasters added.

What are you seeing out there today? Thoughts?

Ali Bandaying/Flickr

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

A new low pressure system will cause a stir in Qatar’s weather over the next few days, according to local forecasters.

Expect conditions to be windy and rainy from now through Tuesday. The precipitation will range from scattered showers to heavy thunderstorms, the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) said.

Windspeeds will also pick up today, reducing visibility as the dust blows. The MET has warned residents to avoid sea activities during this time.

Spring ahead

Inclement weather is a common sight during this time of the year, as Qatar begins the transition from winter to spring, a period called Al Sarayat.

According to the MET, this period goes from March 20 to mid-May. It is charactered by weather fluctuations, including warm and cold fronts, as well as dry and hot winds.

Tawfiq Raji/Twitter

Lightning in April 2016

The season is also associated with “severe weather such as violent lightning strikes, strong winds, heavy rain and dust,” forecasters added.

In its most recent climate outlook, the MET forecast rainy conditions for the next three weeks. It said most of this rain will affect the western and northern parts of Qatar.

It added that a shamal (sandstorm) could hit the country in mid-April.

Thoughts?

Luqman Mohammad/Flickr

Photo for illustrative purposes only.

More rain is in the forecast for Doha and other parts of Qatar today, with “unstable” weather expected to continue into the morning, local forecasters have warned.

In a statement, the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) said conditions will include scattered light rain as well as heavy precipitation with thunder activity.

It added that the rain will likely be most intense through this afternoon. But the low pressure system affecting Qatar will stick around until early Monday.

Temperatures meanwhile will hover between 19C (66F) to 23C (73F) in Doha, while cooler weather is forecast for the northern and southernmost parts of the country.

Rainy weekend

The forecast comes after the weekend ended on a rainy note.

So far however, there have been no widespread reports of flooding or leaky roofs, as Qatar saw a few months ago.

At that time in November, heavy downpours across Doha brought traffic to a standstill. It also caused two popular malls to leak, and another to shut down completely.

Thoughts?