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Posted On: 3 August 2008 05:01 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

About to get hotter

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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The increase in humidity and high temperature have made weather conditions more stressful across the country. The bad news is the weathermen see no respite from these conditions over the next several days. Qatar recorded a high 89 per cent humidity yesterday. A few days back it touched a record high 95 per cent of the season. With the scorching South-Easterly winds expected to lash Qatar in the coming week, residents may have to suffer the heat and humidity for some more days. From next week, Qatar will experience the rare phenomenon of the presence of both South-Easterly and North-Easterly wind in changing mode, the MET officials said. The wind that is currently lashing the country is North-Easterly and Easterly winds. Compared to it, the South-Easterly wind, also known as desert wind, is extremely hot. The South-Easterly winds will also herald a high rate of humidity. Qatar will experience both the winds after three or four days making life more miserable for residents, particularly those who work outdoors. Qatar has been witnessing a steady increase in temperature during the past few days. The maximum temperature that touched 45 degree Celsius early this month soared further to touch a high 48 degree Celsius last week. Though the weather brought some respite during the middle of this month, the mercury is again poised to go up. The daily weather chart released by the meteorological department yesterday forecast a maximum temperature of 46 degree Celsius today. The minimum temperature forecast is 32 degree Celsius. The high humidity has been making the day-nights very uncomfortable for the people during the last few days in Doha. Rather than going out, families prefer to remain indoors and watch television. The daily joggers have also vanished from the Corniche. Dry and extremely hot conditions, particularly in the open, are unbearable, said families as doctors advised people to take precautions to avoid heat related illness. At least a section of people are taking the MET officials weather chart with a pinch of salt. They argue that the temperature has crossed the 50 mark. However, the weathermen say the figures released by them are based on the atmospheric temperature. "Our figures are based on the temperature gauged two meters above the ground level. The surface temperature may be a little bit higher than the figures released by us," an official from the meteorological department told The Peninsula. The Pen