Sharp dip in mercury likely as winter arrives

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The temperature in Qatar is expected to fall significantly from today marking the beginning of winter. Qatar Meteorology Department in a weather report issued yesterday said the country is expected to witness a fall in temperature of two to four degrees Celsius from today.

Along with colder days and nights, motorists will have to be because of chances of strong dusty winds that will lead to poor visibility on roads.

“The temperature is expected to fall by two to four Degree Celsius compared to that seen last week. The fall in the temperature is along expected lines and this trend is seen every year,” Abdulla Al Mannai, Head of Forecasting and Analysis Section, Qatar Meteorology Department, told The Peninsula. “It is the beginning of winter in Qatar. The non-urban regions of Qatar will be colder than urban areas. It would feel cold due to fresh winds,” he said.

The winter season in Qatar usually kicks-off in December and lasts till January. The minimum temperature is expected to remain in the range of 12 to 15 degrees Celsius in the coming days. The mercury may even fall to less than 10 degrees Celsius in the southern parts of the country. The maximum temperature is expected to be in the range of

22 25 degrees Celsius around Doha.

The fall in mercury and strong winds is a result of high pressure over the Gulf region.

“The state is expected to be affected by high pressure that extends from northwest of Saudi Arabia from Monday till end of the week, associated with northwesterly moderate to fresh speed inshore and fresh to strong offshore,” said Qatar Meteorology Department in its weather report.

Motorists need to be cautious in the coming days because of strong winds. The winds, accompanying dust and sand, are adversely expected to impact the visibility. The open areas and highways will have poor visibility because of these winds, according to the department.

“With fresh northwesterly wind there would be a chance of blowing dust which might occur especially over the open areas and highways,” said the weather report. The mercury has started falling since the beginning of this month but the fall in temperature was seen for only few days. There were few short spells of colder days in early December during which people witnessed strong winds and colder nights. The sharp fluctuation in temperature in the first half of December took its toll on the health of people, who complained of cough, cold and fever. From now, the temperature is expected to be consistently low till the end of January.

 

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