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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Doha sees storm clouds, light rain and wind as ‘cold’ front moves in

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Doha residents woke up to cloudy skies and spots of rain this morning, amid windy and dusty conditions.

The rain was caused by the tail end of a cold front which is moving south toward the UAE, and is expected to move on by lunchtime, Steff Gaulter, a senior meteorologist for Al Jazeera English told Doha News.

Though short-lived, the rain appeared to come as a relief to many, as it signaled a spell of slightly cooler weather after a run of 40C+ days.

According to the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET), the maximum temperature for today and tomorrow will be 38C (100F).

Aside from the slight temperature dip, however, conditions remain rather bleak – the MET is warning of low visibility, poor air quality, and strong winds and large waves off the coast.

Visibility will improve slightly tomorrow, however, but it’s still going to be dusty. It will also become more humid, from a maximum of 50 percent humidity today, to 65 percent tomorrow.

Temperatures should remain fairly constant into the weekend, with the maximum temperature on Saturday forecast to be 39C (102F).

Winds of change?

Although rain in May is unusual, it actually rained twice in May last year, Gaulter said. She continued:

“We had some rain on the 4th and 8th of May last year, too. That made May 2013 a bit more bearable. So far, this May IS a little bit hotter than last year. The average for the first 13 days of May is 38C this year, and last year it was 35.5C.”

Even though rain in May isn’t unheard of, many residents have been linking today’s weather with this afternoon’s much-anticipated announcement about changes to Qatar’s labor laws, seeing the rain as a sign that change is in the air:

https://twitter.com/MDesmurger/status/466434746332250112

Did you see any rain today? Thoughts?

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osamaalassiry
osamaalassiry
7 years ago

Rain in may isn’t unusual… It happens almost every year. It’s the last rain of the year, indicates the real start of summer.

AFG
AFG
7 years ago

I’m eager to wait the twitter response after 3pm today..

johnny wang
johnny wang
7 years ago

…………Yes indeed…!!!!! Looks like even mother nature now has realized that it is time to move on and to leave the evils of the past behind. .. We don’t need to be stuck in the past forever

jrs
jrs
7 years ago

what are the chances of deliberately creating cloud to bring the air temperature down? would be able to make temperature comparisons between Qatar and Brasil during the world cup…just a thought

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