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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Winter finally comes to Qatar, but some wish it hadn’t

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

After months of complaining about the searing heat, a sudden cold snap has many residents in Qatar rethinking their wish for cooler weather.

Temperatures plummeted from a high of 27C (81F) over the weekend to 19C (66F) today, in part because of strong winds across the country:

While comparable temperatures have people cheering in London today, such weather is unusual for early December in Qatar.

Speaking to Doha NewsSteff Gaulter, senior meteorologist for Al Jazeera English, said:

“We do get cold blasts of air at this time of year, but this one is a little earlier than usual and a little more vigorous.

We didn’t get this cold in December last year. We did the year before that, but not until the 22nd of the month. So it’s early, (and) it’s also the abrupt nature of the change which makes it feel cold.”

Online, reactions ranged from surprise to dismay to glee:

What’s ahead

According to Gaulter, the cold front should only last through tomorrow. Then the winds will abate, and temperatures will go back up to the low 20s.

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

Still, nighttime lows in the teens are here to stay for the foreseeable future, she added.

Who’s enjoying the sweater weather? Thoughts?

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