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:
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— 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?