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Monday, April 19, 2021

Qatar bakes as temps set to hit 46C

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If you feel like the full force of summer has hit Qatar early this year, you’re not imagining it.

Over the past week, Qatar has been experiencing higher than average temperatures, according to the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET), which forecasts that Doha could see a high of 46C (115F) on Wednesday.

The unusually high maximum temperature – which is four to six degrees higher than would normally be expected at this time of year – is “due to the deepening of the Indian monsoon low over the Arabian Gulf,” the MET said in a statement.

It also advised Qatar residents to stay indoors during the middle of the day this week to avoid too much exposure to direct sunlight. Additionally, northwesterly to northeasterly winds are expected to spur dusty conditions and high seas, piling on extra discomfort.

According to Steff Gaulter, senior meteorologist at Al Jazeera English, a sweaty end to May isn’t that unusual. She said Doha hovered around 39 to 42C at this time last year, but temperatures were higher at this time in 2012.

Speaking to Doha News, she added:

“Our temperature depends on our wind direction. It’s currently coming from the northwest, bringing dry air, and dry air heats quicker than humid air, so the temperature can climb higher.”

It remains to be seen whether construction companies will heed the MET’s advice about avoiding outdoor exposure during the midday hours.

Despite May’s high temperatures, Qatar’s mandatory midday work ban does not come into effect until June, which means companies can use their discretion when deciding whether employees should work outside from 11:30am to 3pm.

The middle of the day is also a busy time on Qatar’s roads, as work shifts end and the school day draws to a close, meaning many residents have little choice but to face the heat.

Tips

Given this reality, here are a few common sense tips to help you keep your cool as temps rise:

  • Drink more, but wisely. Consume water to replenish what your body loses through sweating, but avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol, because they can cause you to lose more body fluids.
  • Stick to the buddy system. If you’re going to be outside for a while, make sure you have some company, because the onset of heat-related illnesses can prompt sudden drowsiness.
  • Eat small snacks, not big meals. Digesting large or hot meals can can up body temperature. Aim to get some salt or fruit juice in your diet to replenish the minerals lost through excessive sweating. Those on restrictive diets for health reasons should consult their doctors before altering them.
  • Don’t leave kids in the car: Never leave infants, children or pets unattended in a parked car, as temperatures can rapidly rise inside the vehicle.
  • Check in on the vulnerable: Keep an eye on those who are at a greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, including the elderly, young children and babies, and those who are obese or with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension.

Would you add any advice? Thoughts?

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Jason
Jason
6 years ago

Yesterday my car temp read 50C (out near the Aquapark down Salwa Road). I left my cell phone in the car in the shade and it was so hot the display read “Charging paused: battery temperature too high”. Crazy heat for this time of year!

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I will drink more wisely, I will stay in the bar and switch from whisky to pints of beer.

Cerebus
Cerebus
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Frosty cold ones….

koko
koko
6 years ago

I’m sry but it’s a disgrace to see these workers out in these temperatures. Yesterday I was leaving Dar Al Salam Mall, two workers were left in somebody’s car in the back seat but he didn’t leave the car running with the A/C on and they had to roll down the windows (even worse) because there was a dead heat yesterday. Then on the way back home coming towards the new traffic lights (old ORYX roundabout ) about 10-16 workers digging up dirt to plant either flowers to for irrigation, and each and everyone of them looked dehydrated, lethargic, and ready to keel over… isn’t there some government entity that should be out there preventing this behavior??? And the rest of us lucky enough to be in our cars with our A/C still love to complain about being stuck in traffic in this heat… srsly!!!

SokhnaFan2010
SokhnaFan2010
6 years ago

Imagine the poor animals down at the Souk………………..

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