A rare thundershower is making its way over central Qatar, bringing with it the possibility of rain, hail and high winds, according to the country’s meteorology department (MET).
While the storm isn’t expected to hit Doha or linger into the weekend, several residents reported seeing large clouds on their Thursday afternoon commute.
— Haya ???✨ (@hayon_24) October 1, 2015
Rain was spotted in some parts of the country:
— Abdulla Al-Assiri (@abdullaalassiri) October 1, 2015
But on Twitter, the MET said the storm had already started to weaken as it headed west:
— أرصاد قطر (@Qatar_Weather) October 1, 2015
Any significant amount of precipitation could once again test the limits of Qatar’s drainage systems. Last month, the country’s public works authority, Ashghal, once again faced questions about roads flooding due to rain.
During a downpour in early September, the Lebsayyer Interchange (Interchange 42) became waterlogged. Ashghal said at the time that there were no defects with the road and that it simply wasn’t designed to handle such volumes of rain.
The state has seen some unusual weather patterns recently, with only the second rain storm in a decade to hit Doha when it rained in the capital last month.
However, the MET said this weekend will be nothing but sun for Doha residents, with highs reaching 42C (108F).
Globally, the weather has been hotter than usual over the past several months, thanks to climate pattern El Niño.
Qatar has been no exception, though meteorologists have promised that the weather will finally begin to cool down this month.