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Qatar MET: Higher-than-usual temps, humidity to persist until October

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May, June, July and August – Qatar’s sweltering summer isn’t over yet. According to the meteorology department, residents should expect a few more months of miserable weather before cooler winter temperatures kick in.

If this summer felt particularly hot to you, that’s because it has been. In a statement this week, the MET said maximum temperatures in July hit 48.2C (119F) in Doha – some 6C higher than what Qatar usually sees during that month.

Outside the capital, temperatures exceeded 50C (122F), which was 7.4C higher than the average, the MET said.

El Niño

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Commenting on the unusually hot weather the country has seen this summer, the MET blamed global warming and El Niño, a climate pattern that describes changes in trade winds across the Pacific Ocean.

Those winds accompany increases in sea temperature, which can lead to extreme weather conditions across the globe.

The MET continued:

“The rise in temperature will remain particularly in the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf for the next couple of months (up to the month of October) as well as the increase in the relative humidity…

Average humidity levels in August hover around 70 percent, but are expected to be higher this month, the MET added, attributing the increase to “unusual light surface wind and slack pressure gradient and sea breeze for long time during the day.”

Thoughts?

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disqus_ZM5UFScbWq
disqus_ZM5UFScbWq
6 years ago

Sounds perfect for a summer World Cup 🙂

Paul
Paul
6 years ago

It’s the “It-is hot-in-Doha” news again

Mildly Amused
Mildly Amused
6 years ago

global warming = doha in a few decades will not be viable

Muhammedh Naufer
Muhammedh Naufer
6 years ago
Reply to  Mildly Amused

Good point!

Michael L
Michael L
6 years ago

oh for goodness sake really … no other news to report?

Bingo
Bingo
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael L

New day, new story

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael L

This one and the “X things to do in Qatar this weekend” are apparently automated articles. Shabina just changes some lines and updates the dates and it is done. In 10 minutes she has already produced two articles.
Jokes aside, yes DN is becoming a tad boring. The first article of the day is posted after 10am and then most of the articles these days are not really news. Either they need more staff or they need to review their editorial line. Something is not working fine in the team unfortunately 🙂

Tom Wolfe
Tom Wolfe
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

It’s basically a Google News alert about “qatar” tag. Few repeated sentences here and there to spice the comments up and increase traffic. There you go a Doha News article.

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago
Reply to  Tom Wolfe

It is even easier than that these days. You take an article from the Peninsula or Gulf Times and you summarize it. I can bet there is at least 5 or 6 articles like that every week if not more. It is quite sad because I still view DN as the best news source in town but I am afraid if they continue this way we will have to find another source. I have noticed ILQ is now posting few articles a day DohaNews-style, so I will give them a try for a week and see.

Paul
Paul
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

or even qatarliving has content to meet this level of journalism

BeenThereDoneThat
BeenThereDoneThat
6 years ago

In other breaking news, a dog bit a man today.

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