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Saturday, March 6, 2021

PHOTOS: Lightning storm dazzles Qatar

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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:

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:

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?

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koko
koko
6 years ago

yesterday’s rain and lightening show was just spectacular.. loved every minute of it.. even the heavy winds almost blowing me off my feet…. if the same is expected for this weekend i will be one happy camper (not camping as such) lol…

DonTom
DonTom
6 years ago

It was certainly a spectacular event, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen in 6 years in Qatar! Thank you to those who photographed it so well.

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago

Loved it it was so spectacular. Great photos.

candi
candi
6 years ago

April showers bring May flowers!

Rienz
Rienz
6 years ago

Thanks for posting the emergency numbers … very useful … please do post more of those numbers for any other departments that you may have.
EDIT: gave myself an “up” vote by mistake … it was actually meant for DonTom

Waveydavey
Waveydavey
6 years ago

Looks like something off Back to the Future film! Brilliant!!

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