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Posted On: 1 August 2009 05:52 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Dust haze continues to envelop Qatar

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The dust haze over Qatar will continue to choke the country for the third successive day today. According to weathermen, the condition will prevail throughout the day and its intensity will come down only after dusk. Heat and humidity will accompany the dusty weather with temperatures likely to drop a bit towards moderation during the night. The wind will blow northwesterly-northeasterly at an expected speed of six to 18 knots throughout the day, likely reaching up to 22 knots by mid-day. Visibility, according to the weather chart for today, will be reduced up to 2,000 metres at some places. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 41 degrees Celsius, dipping to 32 degrees Celsius by night. With the bad weather playing spoilsport, residents preferred to spend the weekend indoors yesterday. Doha’s roads were nearly deserted during the day and the shopping malls missed the normal weekend hustle and bustle. Doctors said they expected an increase in allergic conditions like a running or blocked nose, asthma and other upper respiratory tract disorders over the next two to three days. “People normally develop disorders two to three days after a dust storm has settled. Today there weren’t many patients, especially because it being a Friday, most people did not venture out of their homes,” said Sameer Kalandan, President of the Qatar chapter of the Indian Medical Association.