Temperature to plunge on Siberian weather condition

 10 Jan 2017 - 23:44

Temperature to plunge on Siberian weather condition
Visibility was near zero due to fog in the West Bay area. Picture sent in by The Peninsula reader.

By Huda NV / The Peninsula

Meteorologists have warned that a high-pressure condition from Siberia is expected to sweep into Qatar starting today, bringing the temperature down.

Fresh to strong north-westerly winds that hit the country last weekend are expected to return tonight.

This is due to a ridge of Siberian high pressure system over the country that is expected to last until Saturday evening. A ridge of high pressure is a wedge-shaped extension of the high pressure belt.

The weather associated with ridges is similar to that in the high pressure region. Hence, the mercury is expected to dip after a brief rise in temperature over the past few days.

According to forecasts, temperatures in Doha will drop to a maximum of 20 to 23 degree Celsius and a minimum of 13 to 16 degree Celsius during the period.

However, the minimum temperature is expected to drop below 10 degree Celsius in open areas and southern parts of the country.

The wind-chill factor will make the climate feel like colder, outside the city. The weather bureau has urged all residents to be cautious and to avoid going to sea during this period.

The winds are expected to range between 12 to 22 knots inland reaching 35 knots offshore causing wave heights to rise between 7 to 10 Ft reaching 15 Ft in the north.

Meanwhile, the country witnessed misty to foggy conditions in various places last evening. Visibility in Al Khor fell to less than 1km due to dense fog last evening, forcing the weather bureau to issue tips for driving in fog.

Today, the weather will be foggy at most areas with poor visibility, and improving by day. Doha will have a maximum temperature of 27 degrees and a minimum of 17 degree Celsius.

In Mesaieed and Al Wakrah, the temperature will range between 26 to 16 degree Celsius while in Al Khor the temperature will be between 27 and 14 degree Celsius.

The north-westerly will blow at a speed of 5 to 15 knots increasing to 23 knots late at night, today. The wave height is expected to reach 7 feet by late night.