Thunderstorms rolled through Qatar yesterday, slowing down traffic on the roads as well as in the air.
Many people shared photos and videos of the downpours last night, focusing in particular on the dazzling electrical storms that lit up the sky:
?مدينة الدوحة قبل قليل pic.twitter.com/xHZyTzhAiD
— أرصاد قطر (@Qatar_Weather) March 25, 2017
For some, the rain was a good excuse to spend the weekend indoors.
Others complained however of hours-long delays in flights to and from Doha, prompting Qatar Airways to warn flyers to check their status before heading to the airport:
— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) March 25, 2017
More rain on the way
Many people also complained about an increase in traffic accidents due to waterlogged roads.
The downpours are expected to continue today, according to local forecasters, so the Ministry of Interior has been warning people to drive safe:
Reduce your speed, keep more safe distance, avoid overtaking and sudden lane change. Don't drive through water-loggings. #MoI_Qatar
— Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) March 25, 2017
And for those struggling with flooding in their neighborhood, the government is asking residents report any problems by calling these numbers:
— Baladiya (@Baladiya1) March 24, 2017
Rain in March is not that unusual, and inclement weather usually marks the country’s transition from winter to spring, a period called Al Sarayat.
According to the MET, this period goes from March 20 to mid-May. It is charactered by weather fluctuations, including warm and cold fronts, as well as dry and hot winds.
Severe weather such as violent lightning strikes, strong winds, heavy rain and dust are also common, forecasters added.
What are you seeing out there today? Thoughts?