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Posted On: 29 May 2017 09:34 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:17 pm

Temperature hits 47C, more hot and windy days ahead

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It’s getting hotter in the country as the maximum temperature soared to 47C yesterday and is likely to hover around the mid-40C levels and beyond in some places over the coming days. Today, a maximum of 45C is expected in Doha and other areas.
Besides the heat, “stronger windy conditions” have been forecast in the country and this spell is expected to continue until the weekend, according to the Met department. In view of these conditions, the Met department has urged people to be cautious and avoid venturing into the sea during this period, as well as avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
In a report yesterday, the weather office said charts indicate that the “northwesterly windy conditions - locally called AlBawari – are expected to continue until the weekend, especially on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday”. The wind speed will range from 18-30 knots, with gusts up to 35-45 knots at times during the daytime. As a result, the wave height may rise to 8-12ft and visibility drop below 2km at times over most areas due to dust, the Met department has said.
In general, the report states, hot daytime weather conditions are expected to continue with the maximum temperature “exceeding mid-40C” levels in some places - especially the central and eastern parts of Qatar.
The AlBawari winds weaken by night and conditions become mild before they regain strength by sunrise the next day, the report adds.
A maximum temperature of 45C is expected today in Doha, Mesaieed and Wakrah, followed by 43C in Al Khor. Yesterday, the maximum was 47C in Turayna, 46C in Sheehaniya and Batna, 45C in Karana, 44C in Al Khor and Al Rayyan, and 43C in Doha, Mesaieed and Jumayliyah.
The detailed forecast for today also says strong winds are expected in some places during the day along with poor visibility by the afternoon. Windy conditions are also likely offshore along with high seas.
The wind (northwesterly) speed will be 12-25 knots inshore, going up to 37 knots in some places during the day. It will be hot during the daytime and slight to blowing dust is also expected. Visibility, meanwhile, may drop to 3km or less at times. Offshore, the wind (northwesterly) speed will be 18-25 knots, reaching a high of 30 knots occasionally.
Dusty conditions have also been forecast in some places, with the sea level rising to 10ft at times.
The Met department has advised people to follow latest weather updates through its official social media accounts. (Source)