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Saturday, March 6, 2021

MET warns of decreased visibility due to Saturday sandstorm

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

As Qatar transitions from a relatively hot week to a cooler one, strong winds from Saudi Arabia have kicked up a great deal of dust, resulting in a sandstorm.

According to the Qatar Meteorology Department, visibility has fallen to less than 2km in Doha, and less than 1km in other parts of the country.

Forecasters are also warning of increased respiratory complications for those who go outside, due to the dusty weather.

So far, a tweet from the MET with a prayer to ask God to protect people from the windy conditions has received more than 1,000 retweets in two hours:

The “unstable” weather is expected to persist throughout the day, and there is also a chance of scattered rains across Qatar.

Starting tomorrow, temperatures will fall and are expected to be 6-10C less than they were last week. According to the MET, the mercury will reach a high of 23C (73F) and a low of 12C (54F) over the next few days until Tuesday.

Here’s what some people in Doha are seeing so far:

https://twitter.com/cabreraeh/status/569019455289708544/

What are you seeing today? Thoughts?

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Agota Federico
Agota Federico
6 years ago

Holy dust …. Can barely see anything

zoeval
zoeval
6 years ago

lovely cool breeze though

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disqus_CpJJvzDxuG
6 years ago

So sad we can’t enjoy the cooler temperature because of all this dust. I’ve lived here almost all my life and can’t even remember sandstorms in Doha during my childhood.. If we had them they definitely were not this frequent in the 90s.
Anyone have recommendations for a good air filter?

Madnessisfame
Madnessisfame
6 years ago

Coway is good enough filter…review it on the net before you invest…I have them in all bed rooms and now they are working hard automatically because of the dust…have a good evening

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disqus_CpJJvzDxuG
6 years ago
Reply to  Madnessisfame

Thanks, I’ll look it up. Did you buy them in Doha?

Madnessisfame
Madnessisfame
6 years ago

Welcome…Yes…at Techno Blue & can be found at Center Point>>>good luck

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5 years ago
Reply to  Madnessisfame

Just an update for anyone who sees this in future… I ended up buying a Coway air purifier at Techno Blue near The Centre/Megamart. We put it in the bedroom (it’s too small for the living rm) & have been running it for 2 days so far. For the first time in a long time, I woke up today without feeling like someone shoved a brick up my sinus. So, yay! Thanks for the tip @madnessisfame!!! It’s not a cure-all but it is definitely helping. Let’s see if it is strong enough for the next dust storm.

Calpurnia
Calpurnia
6 years ago

Perhaps all this dust is coming from all the construction sites… When you go from the Pearl to West Bay, for example, you can see so many piles of sand, gravel and construction wastes… I am looking also for a good air filter.

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