Posted on August 23, 2018

Low visibility caused by high humidity slowed down traffic movements at several places on the Al Shamal Expressway, Mesaieed and Ruwais areas on Tuesday night.

A maximum of 90 per cent humidity was reported in some areas hindering the motorists to drive freely on the highways. Speaking to Qatar Tribune on Tuesday night, a truck driver driving past Al Khor said:"Visibility steadily declined past midnight on the Al Shamal Road. Initially, I was forced to stop the truck at an emergency parking space on the highway until 4am. Then after struggling on the road, I again parked the truck midway due to the poor visibility."

According to Qatar Meteorology Department, the humid weather conditions will continue to remain above normal in the next few weeks, with the weekly mean relative humidity expected to be in the range of 40%to 85%. The MeT also stated on its website that winds blowing more frequently from North and East will bring moist air from the sea. It also stated that the sea temperature will remain at its 'annual maximum'. A motorist driving from Al Shamal Road to Doha city on Tuesday night narrated:"The entire highway was covered with high density moisture preventing visibility and smooth driving. Traffic police vehicles patrolling on the highway also offered assistance to the motorists who were stuck because of the low visibility."

The Met urged to follow the latest updates on its official website and its various social media services to stay aware of the weather conditions.

source: Qatar Tribune