Strong winds expected to return during weekend

Doha: Fresh to strong northwesterly winds is expected to return during the weekend.

Qatar Meteorology Department said in a statement that strong winds will reach Qatar shores from Wednesday night and is expected to last till Saturday evening due to a ridge in Siberian high pressure system.

Winds are expected to range between 12 knots to 22 knots inland reaching 35 knots offshore causing waves to rise 7 ft to 10 ft and reaching up to 15 ft in north.

During this period temperatures are expected to drop to their regular average for this time with a maximum of 20°C to 23°C and minimum of 13°C to 16°C in Doha.

However, minimum temperature is expected to drop below 10° C in open areas and southern parts of the country with greater feeling of cold due to windy conditions.

Qatar Meteorology Department has urged all residents to be cautious and to avoid going to sea during this period.