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Monday, October 25, 2021

Qatar motorists warned to drive safely amid wet weather forecast

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Heavy rain overnight and this morning caused localized flooding of many roads in and around Doha, prompting warnings from authorities for motorists to drive carefully, as more wet weather is forecast for later today and tomorrow.

While many residents cheered at the sight of the rain, for others it created hazardous driving conditions during the morning commute.

The Ministry of Interior reminded motorists that wet roads create longer stopping distances, and warned them to take care.

Residents reported that many local roads around town have been flooded as a result of the extra surface water.

Wet ‘n wild

On what is the United Nations’ World Water Day to encourage more sustainable use of water globally, many residents took to social media to celebrate and share their rare pictures of rain across town, and empathize with those working outdoors in the inclement weather.

https://twitter.com/marenun77/status/579504040163180544

https://twitter.com/Rabia_Rashid/status/579516877606555649

While it’s not unusual to have rain at this time of year, heavy downpours can cause flooding as the infrastructure struggles to cope. Last March, sections of underpasses on the recently-constructed Salwa Road flooded badly after flash storms, stranding a number of cars, due to a lack of proper drainage.

Forecast

Meteorologists are predicted more rain for later today and tomorrow, with intermittent thunderstorms and low visibility.

According to Qatar Meteorology Department: “scattered rain (will) turn in to thundery rain on Sunday evening and the beginning of Monday.”

This is expected to be followed by high pressure which will herald strong winds from around midday on Monday, followed by the possibility of blowing dust and poor visibility until noon on Tuesday.

Temperatures for today are expected to be between 24 degrees Celsius and 31 degrees Celsius, while tomorrow should be cooler, with highs of 25 degrees Celsius, the meteorology department said.

The Ministry for Municipality and Urban Planning provides a service for removing flood water in problem areas. Residents can request a team to inspect and remove the water through the ministry’s website.

Are you celebrating the rain before the arrival of summer? Thoughts?

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A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago

First time ever coming into the office in the rain and not finding one idiot on the road… Safe driving through out…

Still was disappointed not see traffic police out on many of the roads and traffic bottlenecks… You’d expect more to be on road with weather like this

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

They must be busy with accidents here and there. In this kind of weather the number of accidents surges and the police and ambulance services are fully used.

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

The police were up at the Thursday/Friday market roundabout on my way to work this morning. Overall I couldn’t believe how well behaved the drivers were. If anything the problem was many were going far too slow!

DB
DB
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

I’ve never once seen the police make things better by being out there, especially in roundabouts. Hope they stay home and dry today!

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago

Driving to Ein Khalid wasn’t easy this morning even for big SUVs.

Not Drinking The Cool-Aid
Not Drinking The Cool-Aid
6 years ago

The idiots are out in force this morning. i saw perhaps the dumbest accident i’ve seen in awhile under jaidah flyover. An drove right into a pool of water at speed, lost control and smashed into a number of cars.

bleh!!
bleh!!
6 years ago

the rain and wet roads didn’t stop the two idiots, one in the range rover and the other a patrol, to flash their lights and honk their horns at me and others to get out of the way while weaving in and out of slow moving traffic, so that they could get to the toilet first!!!!
guess the authorities were keeping themselves dry and tweeting to everyone to drive safe while they joked around having their karak tea!!!
Seriously, i’m getting scared driving around here even when i’m driving alone!!!

Blue
Blue
6 years ago

Ahhhh…this memo was not received by Mr.White Landcruiser……

R.D.H
R.D.H
6 years ago
Reply to  Blue

The baladiya said it was perfect weather for skids…he was probably trying some sick drifting moves

Ben
Ben
6 years ago

Some melts were even using their hazards whilst driving

yesjay
yesjay
6 years ago

“Residents can request a team to inspect and remove the water through the ministry’s website.”

had to read twice to get the real meaning.:)

Elusive Snake
Elusive Snake
6 years ago

The Gremlins on the road multiplied due to this rain!

Marco Polo
Marco Polo
6 years ago

Welcome to the UK!

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