The ongoing “unstable” weather in Qatar is yielding some of nature’s most beautiful displays, including a lightning show last night.
More thunderstorms may be on the way this weekend, forecasters have said.
Speaking to Doha News, a forecaster at the Qatar Meteorology Department said light rain is expected to begin falling again in the south of the country later this morning. He said heavier rain and thunderstorms should move into Doha by the afternoon.
On Twitter, the MET also warned sea-goers about high winds, and forecast the day’s temperatures to be between 22C (72F) and 27C (81F).
Steff Gaulter, senior meteorologist for Al Jazeera English, reminds residents that rain is typical for this time of the year:
We always see rain in April in #Doha. This year, we can expect some on Thursday night and Friday.
— Steff Gaulter (@WeatherSteff) April 1, 2014
Large patches of cloud in #Doha over next few days. Chance of a shower particularly this afternoon/evening and Thursday night into Friday.
— Steff Gaulter (@WeatherSteff) April 2, 2014
This is because of a deepening low pressure from the northwest of the Arabian peninsula, the MET explained in a statement on its website:
All of the above is in sync with a cold air mass in the upper air levels which helps in the formation of clouds.
Towards the end of the instability northwesterly winds will start to affect the area from mid Friday with fresh to strong speeds which leads to high seas offshore, the temperatures will be between 28-32 deg c and this around it is normal averages.
When it rained heavily last week, parts of Salwa Road flooded, causing traffic snarls across the city. This time, the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning has released an emergency contact list in the event of flooding:
— وزارة البلدية والبيئة | MME (@albaladiya) April 2, 2014
Translation: 1) Doha 2) Al Rayyan 3) Al Wakrah 4) Um Salal 5) Al Khor & Al Dhakira 6) Dhayan 7) Al Shamal
Are you looking forward to more rain? Thoughts?