It is no surprise that Qatar, being a desert nation, experiences some of the harshest summers out there. During peak summers, the temperatures can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius. The people of Qatar are well accustomed to these temperatures and over the years have adapted well to the sweltering conditions. Here is a complete rundown on the regional climate and the different seasons in Qatar.
Qatar usually has uniform climate throughout the country. Due to the flat, low barren nature of the country, Qatar doesn’t really experience unpredictable or bizarre weather conditions. However, in the northern areas of the country, showers are sometimes experienced much ahead of time than the rest of the country. With more than 560 kilometres of coastline, the coastal cities of Qatar experience higher levels of humidity than the ones located inland.
The start of the year, January, is generally the coolest month of the calendar with an average temperature of about 21.5 degrees Celsius during the daytime and as low as 13.5 degrees Celsius during the night. These temperatures are due to the coastal location of the country.
The hot season starts from April and goes all the way up to October, where a very hot period can be experienced between May to mid-October. March and October are transitional periods between the start of the summer season and the start of winter season respectively.
The sun shines all year-round in Qatar, and the country experiences up to 14 hours of daylight from May until August. In winter, the daylight lasts around 10 hours.
Qatar’s rainfall is scarce and is at a monthly average of 5.9 mm. Rainfall occurs every now and then, in the months of March, April and May. From June to October, the country experiences a dry season when rainfall is extremely rare. The rainfall is mostly very brief, but sometimes heavy showers are also seen, which fill up the dry river beds and may even cause flooding, in very rare cases.
Though seasons in Qatar are broadly classified as summer and winter, there are minute differences in recognizing the spring and autumn months too.
By June, the temperatures are already in the lower 40s and this continues till August, reaching anywhere between 45-50 degrees Celsius during peak summer. The night time temperature is around 29-30 degrees Celsius and the humidity can be anywhere between 40-60%. Most buildings and apartments in Qatar are fully air-conditioned, so you do not have to worry about sweating it out all day, every day here.
Winter in Qatar starts in December and goes all the way up to February. Typical day time temperatures reach around 24 degrees Celsius and it is a pleasant 18-19 degrees Celsius during the night. Generally, it can be way lower than this number, thanks to the cool desert breeze. This is the best time to enjoy desert activities and go camping with friends and family. With the temperatures dipping at night, you might want to carry blankets, warm clothes and cardigans with you.
After winter, warm weather starts to set in from March. This indicates the arrival of spring where you can enjoy the weather both during the day and night time. It is a great time to enjoy activities like kite surfing, jet ski, explore the mangroves at Purple Island or go kayaking or paddleboarding.
Autumn usually begins in September in Qatar, although the temperatures don’t drop too much during this time. The days can still feel warm but not harsh. The humidity is around 60-70% during this time and don’t be surprised if you experience sudden hailstorms and windy days.
During autumn, you can enjoy the breezy evenings at the Corniche, Souq Waqif, take a walk around Katara Cultural Village or have a nice picnic at Aspire Park.
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