With last week’s dusty, asthma-inducing weather behind us, Qatar is now moving full speed ahead to the hottest months of the year.
According to the country’s Meteorology Department, temperatures are expected to begin climbing tomorrow and through the weekend, reaching a searing 39C (102F) by Sunday.
In a statement, the MET explained that the heat is being brought in from the west, adding:
“On Saturday and Sunday (winds will shift to) southwesterly to southeastern, moderate to fresh in speed, which might lead to blowing dust and sand. A reduction of the horizontal visibility is also expected.”
The department also tweeted this handy heat map:
فيديو يبين إرتفاع درجات الحرارة ظهرا و معاودة انخفاضها مساءً pic.twitter.com/qBdrOSvqqo
— أرصاد قطر (@qatarweather) April 8, 2015
Temps in the high 30s (and occasionally low 40s) are common for April in Qatar.
Residents can expect the mercury to keep rising over the next few months, until things begin cooling off again in the fall.
However, Steff Gaulter, senior meteorologist for Al Jazeera English, said not to lose heart yet.
Speaking to Doha News, she said, “There could still be some rain before summer properly takes hold.”
How do you plan to deal with the heat this weekend (besides baking cookies in your car)? Thoughts?
Climate is good but warm. Can imagine how heated it will be from now on. Any tips on how to protect ourselves from dehydration or heat.
More fires during summer, any tips on how to protect our house from fire
Not just on a car, on a bald head too.
Wear a thobe, protect your head with a githra. Be careful with all electrical equipment, especially AC’s. Turn them off if any suspicious noise comes from it, even if you have to be roasted for few hours.
If you’re not inclined to wear traditional Qatari dress as Michkey suggests, covering your bald head with a cap or similar is still a good idea. More importantly though, sunscreen and plenty of water through the day.
As for fires, here’s a non-exhaustive list:
– Have working a fire extinguisher in the house (dry powder type is best)
– Have working smoke detectors
– Get an electrician to take a look at all heavy appliance wiring (A/C, washing machine, etc). Make sure nothing is frayed or overloaded
– Don’t overload electrical sockets
– Speaking of A/Cs, and after the recent dust storm, get your units cleaned. This is for health and fire safety
More fires in the summer isn’t just some kind of dark magic – it’s the heat exposing and amplifying any poor fire safety already there. Be smart and be safe.
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In a statement, the MET explained that the heat is being brought in from the west, adding:…
Why do they blame everything on the West?
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