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Posted On: 2 February 2012 07:56 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:11 pm

Dust winds may lash country till Saturday: Met Department

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DOHA: The strong dust winds that lashed the country since yesterday causing a sharp fall in visibility are expected to continue until Saturday, according to the Meteorology Department. The relatively humid weather yesterday could give way to another cold spell beginning this evening, with the presence of strong northwesterly winds. Temperature could dip by up to four degrees Celsius in the latter part of the day. Visibility in many areas of the country fell below 2km yesterday following the strong dust winds. “ The strong winds would prevail until Saturday causing a major dip in temperature in all areas of the country, especially during night. The temperature would remain low until Tuesday because of the dry northwesterly winds,” said a statement issued by the Met Office. The active winds could cause the temperature to fall up to 10-13 degrees in the night while the day temperature would hover between 15 to 18 degrees over the week end. According to a weather forecast issued yesterday, the expected minimum temperature today is 14 degrees, against 19 degrees recorded yesterday. The maximum temperature would settle at 24 degrees. The visibility would be 4 to 7 km, decreasing to 2km in some places. The Southeasterly to southwesterly winds would become northwesterly by midday, blowing at speeds ranging from 17 to 27 knots inshore and 20 to 35 knots offshore. The department has forecast “moderate temperature during the day, dusty with some clouds and cold by night.” The Peninsula