Qatar’s Fog Due to a Once Every Three Years Phenomenon, Meteorology Director Says

Doha, Director of the Meteorology Department at the Civil Aviation Authority Abdullah Mohamed Al Mannai was due to an atmospheric high-pressure area accompanied by easterly wind.

Speaking to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Al Mannai said that the current fog was due to sea breeze accompanied by lower temperatures. The combination led to an increased humidity at sea and shore, which ultimately caused the fog. He noted that December and January are the two months that see the most formation of fog, particularly very late at night and early in the morning.

As for the fog formation in the afternoon, the Director of the Meteorology Department said that it’s a phenomenon that takes place once every two to three years and is referred to is marine layer. He added that it was highly likely that January will witness similar fog formations, although Al Mannai forecast it won’t be as strong as the previous times. The coming days will also see an improvement on that front.

Responding to weather Qatar will witness a cold wave in the coming period, he said that a cold wave in Qatar would be when temperatures reach 12 degrees Celsius and that case was highly unlikely. He acknowledged that temperatures would drop the coming days, but not to the level where it would be described as a cold wave.

Al Mannai also forecast that humidity will increase in January, noting that it was always the case in winter. However the lower temperatures ease off the effects of the higher humidity levels.

On driving safely in foggy weather, Al-Mannai said that the Meteorology Department and the Ministry of Interior cooperated in issuing guidelines on how to do so. Some of them include using low lights, lowering the speed and using windshield wipers constantly.

Al Mannai then highlighted that global warming was having an impact on the change in weather that Qatar is seeing this year, compared to the previous one. He noted that the industrial advancements and the reliance on fossil fuels such as coal increased the Carbon Dioxide levels and ultimately led to a rise in temperatures.

Source: Qatar News Agency

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