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Posted on December 13, 2013

Residents of Qatar can expect to experience the first wave of cold this season from the beginning of next week. Maximum temperatures in Doha are likely to drop to 20 degrees Celsius and minimum to 10 degrees. The lowest maximum and minimum are more likely to be experienced in the uninhabited regions outside Doha, the Meteorological Department has said. The expected low temperatures are attributed to a high air pressure from the north of Arabian Peninsula accompanied by cold air clouds at the higher levels.

The weather is expected to be partially cloudy with the possibility of rainfall on Monday and Tuesday. North-western winds will dominate and be active with speeds ranging between 20 and 30 knots on land and reaching 35 knots on sea. The Met department has also warned of strong winds and high sea waves starting from Sunday to mid-Wednesday. People have been advised to stay off the sea during the period. 

Meanwhile, a bruising winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East on Thursday, forcing the closure of roads and schools and blanketing already miserable Syrian refugee camps with snow. Elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean, temperatures plunged and heavy snow fell at higher elevations, including in Jerusalem where schools were closed. The government in Jordan closed ministries and other offices because of heavy snow and rain and urged residents to stay indoors.

Source: Qatar Tribune