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MET: Qatar is in for a humid, sticky week

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Just in time for Ramadan, winds from the northeast are picking up in Qatar, leading to an increase in humidity that has the Meteorology Department warning residents to avoid the sun as much as possible.

This week, the MET has forecasted temperatures of up to 47C (117F), as well as mist and fog in some areas, especially at night and during the early morning.

In a statement on its website, it added the following warning:

The department of Meteorology calls on everyone to take extra caution in such circumstances of weather to avoid walking in the sun for long time, and to beware of working in places of less ventilation to avoid exposure to direct sunlight which may lead to sun stroke where the body loses fluids.

Steff Gaulter, senior meteorologist at Al Jazeera English, adds her thoughts:

Humidity can be especially dangerous to those who are fasting today and not drinking liquids. Additionally, the presence of high amounts of water vapor in the air reduces the effectiveness of sweating in cooling the body because moisture does not evaporate so easily. 

So stay indoors as much as you can! Thoughts?

Credit: Photo for illustrative purposes only by Sam Agnew

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