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Humid spell in Qatar to persist until Wednesday, forecasters say

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Qatar dhow

The hot and sticky weather that hung over Qatar this weekend is expected to continue for at least another three days, according to an Al Jazeera senior meteorologist.

Although the maximum temperature forecast for the next two days is 41C (106F) – which is relatively tame for Qatar in July – humidity of up to 85 percent has created a sort of sultry, heavy air that fogs up sunglasses the minute someone steps outside.

High humidity is tougher to deal with because the damp air makes it more difficult for the human body to evaporate sweat, which is what usually cools us down.

The Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) forecasts similar temperature and humidity conditions for at least today and tomorrow:

Speaking to Doha News, Al Jazeera’s Steff Gaulter said that the sticky weather is set to stay until at least Wednesday.

She explained that easterly winds are picking up moisture from the sea as they cross the Gulf, which increases the humidity in the air.

Weather woes

As often done when the weather gets worse in Qatar, residents haven take to Twitter to voice their frustrations:

However, this time last year, the weather was worse – humidity was at 79 percent, and temps reached 47C (117F).

Beat the heat

Qatar’s health and safety initiative Kulluna, which means “all of us” in Arabic, runs a Beat The Heat campaign each summer to help advise people on how to safely cope with the weather.

Beat The Heat

The campaign, which targets those working outdoors, encourages people to spot signs of dehydration and explains how to take action to combat this potentially fatal condition.

For example, it warns that if you are thirsty, your body is already dehydrated.

The campaign also focuses on children and warns that they must never be left alone in the car, even for just a minute, at this time of the year, as temperatures inside a car can rapidly increase in the span of minutes.

In a statement issued last week, Dr. Khalid Al Ansari, Director of Hamad Medical Corp.’s Pediatric Emergency Services, said:

“If you park your car in the sun for around 10 minutes, the temperature inside can rise by up to 10 degrees. It gets higher as time passes by. If a child is left behind in such vehicle, he/she can easily develop heat exhaustion and that can result in heat stroke, which can be life-threatening.”

He added that even leaving children in a car with the air conditioning on can be risky. In closed spaces, carbon monoxide fumes come into the car through the air conditioner vents and can suffocate those inside a vehicle.

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