Heavy rains to continue in most parts of Qatar today: Met Department
The weather in Qatar remains unsettled as rains continue to intensify in most parts of the country this morning.
The Qatar Meteorology Department reported that thundery rains of variable intensity are expected to engulf most areas of Qatar for the next few hours.
Thunderstorms in northern areas according to latest radar image. Thundery rain of variable intensity expected to extend gradually over most areas of the country during the next few hours, kindly take necessary precautions. #Qatar pic.twitter.com/WkmH1oXKta— أرصاد قطر (@Qatar_Weather) April 13, 2019
Conditions are likely to become favorable for moderate to heavy rain and the thunderstorms may also be accompanied by hail in some areas, according to the weather office as reported by Gulf Times.
In a report earlier on Thursday, the Met department said, “unsettled weather conditions are expected to continue affecting the country during the weekend due to the extension of a low-pressure system."
Such conditions will be accompanied by gusts of sudden strong winds, exceeding speeds of 40 knots at times, and causing rising dust and low visibility in some areas.
The weather is expected to stabilize tomorrow morning, according to the report.
Residents are asked to follow safety precautions in order to avoid any mishaps and ensure the well-being of their families and themselves.
من المتوقع بإذن الله أن يبدأ تأثر أجواء البلاد بأمطار رعدية خلال الساعات القليلة القادمة يصاحبها هبات رياح قوية السرعة، يرجى توخي الحيطة والحذر وتجنب الأنشطة البحرية. #قطر #السرايات pic.twitter.com/O97lFZSbjk— أرصاد قطر (@Qatar_Weather) April 12, 2019
In the case of heavy, thundery rains, Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority (CIA) has once again warned residents of possible hazards that may appear in the form of poor or low visibility, strong winds, hail and lightning.
CIA advises individuals to take extra care by staying indoors during thunderstorms, steer clear of open water, keep all windows closed in case inside a car, and avoid standing near electricity poles, tall trees or on roofs.
The Met department has urged people to avoid going to sea and follow latest updates through its official social media accounts, reported The Peninsula.
Thundershowers are also likely in offshore areas along with strong winds and high seas. The wind speed may go up to 34 knots offshore during thundery rain and 25 knots in inshore areas, with the sea level rising to 10ft.
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