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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.

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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?

Ben Gould

Lightning over The Pearl on 19 March 2017

Qatar’s residents have gotten used to rainy weather of late, but last night’s thunder and lightning was still something special.

As Doha’s skies lit up just before 9pm last night, many residents stepped outdoors to capture the moment.

“The lightning lasted for probably 20 minutes,” Ben Gould who was over at the Pearl-Qatar told Doha News.

“It’s a cliché to say, it but it WAS amazing and it’s the first time I’ve really focused on the sky for any length of time and the lightning was coming in thick and fast,” he added.

Meanwhile, fellow resident Susie Billings shared this image on Twitter of lightning appearing to strike earth in the distance:

And Rhonda Allam took this video from her table at Damasca One in Souq Waqif:

This morning, Pearl resident Anna said that she’d spotted some damage following the storm:

Rain was forecast in Qatar through Tuesday, including thunderstorms tonight.

But after a tumultuous few days, the meteorology department said to expect “slight dust and partly cloudy with weak chance of light scattered rain at places at first” tomorrow.

Did you take any photos or videos last night? We’d love to see them! Thoughts?

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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.

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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?