Weather in Qatar

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weather in qatarExpats living in Qatar should brace themselves for extreme heat. The country's hot desert climate creates high averages and unbearable peak temperatures. Newly-arrived foreigners should be wary of heat exhaustion and sunstroke.

Weather in Qatar is marked by abundant sunshine and little rainfall. Precipitation appears in short, exaggerated bursts during winter (December to February), and rarely totals more than three inches annually.

The brief transitional seasons are by far the most pleasant. Spring (March to May) and Autumn (October to November) bring temperatures that hover around 17°C (63°F), and humidity is at a minimum.

Conversely, Qatar's long summer (May to September) yields readings that can reach 50°C (122°F), and average around 41°C (106°F); humidity can be as high as 95 percent.

Most expats vacate the country during the hottest months of June, July and August, and planning a holiday during this period is highly recommended. Otherwise, expats will have to learn to adapt accordingly to the weather in Qatar.
  • Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen at all times
  • Organise outdoor activities for the morning and late evening
  • Park cars in a shaded area and use a protective screen
  • Drink plenty of fluids

Winter is generally mild, but every now and then a chill descends upon the desert. Qatar homes are ill-equipped to provide heat, so this can also prove to be an unpleasant period.

Air-conditioning, on the other hand, is the norm and, without it, the weather in Qatar would most certainly get the best of both expats and locals. With this in mind,  expats should be sure to bring a light sweater or jumper wherever they go to counter the manufactured chill. Sudden temperature changes are not good for the body, and it may be good idea to maintain some vestige of consistency.

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