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MET: Scattered rain expected across Doha, other parts of Qatar today


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Motorists thinking of washing their cars today may want to hold off. The Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) is forecasting thunderstorms in some parts of the country and drizzles in Doha this afternoon.

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Weather forecast for Monday 19/10/2015

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The precipitation comes as Qatar’s “Wasmi” season kicks off, which means the country will witness increased rainfall in the coming two months, helping certain plants grow, the MET said.

Still, rainy is a relative term in the desert. In a recent column in the Gulf Times, Steff Gaulter, senior meteorologist for Al Jazeera English, said:

“Between now and April, there is a greater chance of seeing a storm in Qatar as we are now in the wet season. ‘Wet’ is obviously a loose term, as the descending air will still affect us, so sunshine will still be the predominant type of weather.

This ensures that most of us will still think that Doha is a very dry city.”

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.

In addition to more rain, Qatar is also finally expected to see a drop in temperatures, the MET said in a statement:

“Our climate records indicate that maximum temperatures decrease gradually in Doha during this season to reach less than 35C and the minimum temperatures fall to about 20C with overall mild temperatures during day and relatively cold temperatures at night, especially with northerly winds conditions.”


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