A change in the wind direction this week means that Doha is not going to feel like a sauna much longer, the Qatar Meteorology Department has said.
But that news is bittersweet, because residents will essentially be thrown from the frying pan into the fire over the next few days, as temperatures are set to rise as high as 47C (117F).
Previously, the thermometer was hovering in the low 40s, though with the high moisture rate in the air, the “real feel” was much hotter. But for the rest of the week, expect the air to be drier and more furnace-like.
By Wednesday, high winds are also in the forecast, and may kick up dust and lead to high waves, the MET said in a statement on its website. It continued:
Accordingly sea goers are advice to take care till the beginning of Saturday (July 27), where the wind is expected to become Easterly at light to moderate speed.
As always during Doha summer, residents are advised to stay hydrated, and out of the sun during the peak afternoon hours, especially while fasting.
Meanwhile, following Saturday’s power outage due to a system overload, Kahramaa has asked residents to switch off appliances when they’re not using them.
Turning off lights and not running the air conditioning unnecessarily will help reduce the overall load on the network and increase efficiency, the company said.
إغلاق أجهزة التكييف والإضاءة في الأماكن التي لا يتواجد بها أحد في المنزل فترة الذروة تساهم في خفض الحمل على الشبكة وزيادة كفاءتها٫لحياة أفضل— KAHRAMAA (@kahramaa)
And if anyone is craving an iftar-time treat that doesn’t require turning on the oven: there’s always car-baked cookies! Thoughts?
Credit: Photo by Muhammad Kamran Qureshi