Temperature is forecast to touch 46C in Doha today and 43C to 44C in other places in the country, the Qatar Meteorology Department said yesterday. The maximum temperature in Doha yesterday was 41C.
The surge in mercury will be accompanied by a strong northwesterly wind (locally known as Bawareh) from today until Saturday, bringing waves of dust. Visibility is expected to be poor during the day,
gradually improving by night.
The average wind speed will range between 20 to 30 knots
inshore as well as offshore.
In a weather bulletin, the Met Office explained that the actual duration of Bawareh is from end of May to mid-July. The large quantities of dust blown in by the strong northwesterly wind will be spread over the Arabian Gulf coast from the north of Iraq as far as the UAE.
The main reason for the onset of Bawareh is the deepening of the Indian monsoon low over the eastern Gulf region which causes a rise in temperature over coastal areas and deserts.
The rise in temperature dries soil which, in turn, makes it easy for dust to be suspended and spread through the air.
“It is advisable to take precautions in the light of these weather changes, especially with low visibility, strong wind, and high temperatures,” the Met Office statement added.
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