Some parts of Qatar experienced rain for the first time this season and there could be more of it on Thursday, according to the weather report.
The Met department also forecast foggy conditions and poor visibility – 2km or less - at some places in the early hours of Wednesday.
Rain was reported from a number of places, with the weather office posting several updates on its social media channels and people sharing videos online.
For instance, the Met department tweeted about rain being reported from the northwestern parts of the country, where a thunder cell and rain clouds were detected earlier in the day.
Some rain was also detected over the central areas, with the Met department tweeting about reports of light to moderate rain towards the east of Al Sheehaniya.
Some people, meanwhile, shared videos of rain in Al Sheehaniya and areas towards the north.
The Met department, in view of the prevailing situation in some places, advised people to be careful while driving in the rain and avoid using the mobile phone.
The detailed forecast for inshore areas for Thursday says hazy to misty/foggy conditions are likely in some places at first, followed by mild conditions during the day along with some clouds. There is a weak chance of rain by the afternoon.
Hazy to misty conditions are also expected in some offshore areas at first along with clouds.
On Tuesday, the Met department had said high humidity levels were expected in the country until Thursday along with misty to foggy conditions and a drop in visibility. The department, in co-operation with the Ministry of Interior, also issued safety tips for motorists in view of the foggy conditions.
Around 8pm Wednesday, the Met department tweeted that high humidity, low visibility – especially on roads heading north – and fog were expected “within the next few hours”, asking people to be careful.
Meanwhile, a maximum temperature of 35C was recorded in Karana, Batna and Turayna on Wednesday, followed by 34C in the Doha airport area, Al Sheehaniya, Al Rayyan, Abu Samra and other places. The minimum temperature, on the other hand, was 20C in Abu Samra, Al Sheehaniya and Ghuwairiyah.
Thursday, the mercury level is expected to reach a high of 34C in Doha and 33C in Wakrah, Mesaieed and Abu Samra, while the minimum will be 21C in Al Khor and Abu Samra. The minimum temperature will be relatively higher in Doha at 26C.
Early this month, the Met department had said the rainy season in Qatar was expected to begin on October 16 and continue for 52 days. The country had experienced heavy rain on certain days in November and December last year. (Source / Image)
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