Doha: A cold spell is expected to hit the country from the middle of this week and will likely be the coldest so far this winter, according to the Qatar Meteorology Department (QMD).
In a weather report released by QMD yesterday, it said scattered rain is expected to continue today, January 18, which may also become stormy at times in some areas.
Cool to strong northwesterly winds have also started blowing this morning as they are expected to last through the end of this week over most areas. For this reason, blowing dust and low horizontal visibility are expected.
Offshore sea waves will also likely reach more than 10ft, the report said.
A noticeable drop in temperature should be accompanied by the northwest wind. This would lead to temperatures reaching below 8 degrees Celsius in the southern and outer areas of the country while apparent temperatures will be below that, according to QMD.
The ministry also said the cold snap is expected to be the coldest so far this season.
In its latest weather update, QMD shared radar images illustrating the continued observation of scattered rains over the central region of the country, as well as in Doha. He also warned that it could get stormy at times in some areas.
To ensure safety in the event of a stormy rain, QMD has shared some tips, including:
1. Stay in a safe place and do not stand on rooftops or near tall trees and utility poles.
2. Avoid open spaces during thunderstorms as they may be accompanied by lightning, heavy rain, high winds, cold flakes and may cause loss of vision.
3. While driving, the driver should reduce speed and follow safety procedures and ensure windows are closed and windshield wipers are in good working order.
4. Avoid using cell phones and stay away from watersheds.
5. To ensure indoor safety, it is also recommended to disconnect the electric current from household appliances in case a lightning strikes through the home network
6. Avoid touching or operating electrical appliances with wet hands
7. If someone is struck by lightning, QMD advised everyone to call 999 immediately and ask for help.