Temperatures are expected to dip over the next two days as a high pressure front moves from Saudi Arabia to Qatar, the Meteorology Department has said.
That means windier conditions will ensue, and kick up more dust, which will lead to decreasing visibility through Friday.
Both tomorrow and Friday, maximum temperatures are forecast to reach between 16 and 20C (61 to 68F), and the minimum could fall to as low as 10C (50F) at night, the MET said in a statement.
“The new upper-level trough approaching from the northern part of Saudi Arabia is expected to affect Qatar weather on Friday night will increase the amount of clouds at times and enhance the chance of scattered light rain.”
Residents have been no stranger to cooler weather this year. According to Steff Gaulter, senior meteorologist for Al Jazeera English, last month was the coldest January that Qatar has seen in the past five years.
In an article for the Gulf Times, she writes about what lies ahead for February:
There could still be some cold snaps in the first half of the month, but by the end of the month, no one should be saying it’s cold any more. The average maximum temperature in February is 23C (73F), but by the end of the month the temperature could be soaring as high as 30C (86F).
There’s also likely to be some more rain. February is usually the wettest month of the year for Doha, with an average amount of 17mm (0.67 inches). Obviously if you compare Qatar’s weather to almost any other part of the world, it’s clearly still rather a dry month, but for Qatar it’s positively soaking!
She added that in addition to rain, fog and the occasional sandstorm are also expected this month.