Rains likely by early noon today

January 18, 2014 - 2:54:02 am

DOHA: Rains might lash the country today again after a gap of almost a week. 

The Meteorology Department has forecast rains, accompanied by thunder by early noon today with southeasterly winds. 

The forecast for today said skies will be partly cloudy to cloudy with the chance of scattered rains in some places and thundershowers at other places. 

Thundershowers are also expected offshore accompanied by strong wind and high seas.

Temperature in Doha could be between 15 degrees Celsius and 20 degrees, while in Al Khor it will vary between 13 and 18 degrees and Dukhan 13 and 17 degrees, making them the coldest places in the country. 

Temperature in Mesaieed, Al Wakrah and Abu Samra is expected between 14 and 19 degrees, while in Ruwais it would be between 15 and 18 degrees.

The weather bureau said the southeastern wind speed could be between five and 12 knots, reaching 20 knots with thunder rain changing to northwesterly wind by the evening with a speed of 8 to 16 knots. 

Offshore will witness southeasterly and southwesterly wind with a speed of five to 20 knots reaching 25 knots during rain and becoming northwesterly by night.

The bureau also said the prevailing northwesterly winds will ensure advection of the cold air from the northwest and the decreasing of the temperature by Saturday evening. The visibility will be between four and seven km today. The sea state will be from 1 to three feet inshore and two to five feet offshore, rising to five to seven feet during the thunder activity.

The department said the Gulf will be affected by the surface low moving from Northern Arabian Peninsula towards southeast. Low surface low will be accompanied by upper-level trough passing over Qatar until Sunday morning.

The high-level trough and surface low will enhance the chance for scattered rain and thunderstorm showers at places. An area of cold weather will spread from the Baltic Sea to the Gulf during Sunday when southwesterly wind will change its direction to northwesterly with moderate to strong speed gusting to 25 knots. 

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