Thunder, rain and lightning warning

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Qatar Meteorology Department has warned of thundery rain associated with strong wind on Friday in the inshore areas of the country.

It was forecast earlier that the country will experience yet another spell of unstable weather and rain from Thursday evening until Monday.

The Met Office has advised people to avoid going to the sea, in view of the weather fluctuations.

Friday’s offshore warning is strong wind, high sea and thundery rain. In inshore areas, the southeasterly-northeasterly wind could range from 7-19 knots, reaching 35 knots at times during thundery rain.

At offshore, northeasterly-southeasterly wind could range from 18-25 knots, reaching 35 knots with thundery rain.

Sea level may reach 5ft at times at places inshore, while offshore it could reach 13ft with thundery rain.

The maximum temperature of 28C is expected at Abu Samra, followed by 26C at Dukhan, 25C in Doha and 24C at Mesaieed, Wakrah, Al Khor and Ruwais.

The minimum temperature of 20C is expected at Mesaieed, Wakrah, Al Khor, Ruwais, Dukhan and Abu Samra, followed by 21C in Doha.

The Met Office has urged the public to take extra care as thunderstorms may be accompanied by hail at times and strong winds that could raise dust and cause a sudden drop in visibility.

The other safety tips to be observed during thunderstorms are as follows: “Try to stay indoors and make sure to close car windows if you are driving to avoid the risk of lightning.

“Try to stay away from open water as much as possible and if you are swimming outdoors, stop immediately and head to a safe place. Avoid standing in high areas or on the roofs or under trees and electricity poles. Unplug the power supply of home appliances to protect them from thunderbolts.” (Source)