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Posted On: 11 January 2009 01:53 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Mesaieed records lowest temperature in 2008

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MESAIEED recorded the lowest temperature for more than a year of 2.5 degree C on December 19, 2008, according to a report of the department of meteorology, of the Civil Aviation Authority of Qatar. However, for record the department will put this figure in the 2009 account as climatic conditions in Qatar are calculated for a period of 12 months starting from December 1 to November 30. The lowest temperature for the year 2008, was 3 degree C in January last year in Mesaieed. As per the report, the lowest temperature is recorded in January every year. However, the lowest temperature differs from year to year. The lowest temperature for the seven years starting from January 2000 to December 2007, was 2.4 degree C on a day in January 2002, in Dukhan area. According to the report, the coldest year over the entire world was 1992. Similarly, the highest annual temperature usually is recorded in the month of July. However, the highest temperature varies from year to year. The highest temperature of 2008 was recorded as 48 degree C over Doha and Al Khor on June 24. However, the report says the highest temperature for the seven years starting from January 1, 2000 to December 2007, was the 51 degree C on July 6, 2004 over Mesaieed. About the annual rainfall, the report says usually the country receives around 122mm rains. The break-up is as follows: in winter 71.4 mm, spring 34.1mm and autumn 16.0 mm. Usually, the country's northern part receives maximum rainfall and it differs from month to month. December usually receives the highest rainfall of around 34mm. Similarly, the lowest rainfalls are always recorded in the south -eastern parts of the country. Usually in the month of January, Ruweis receives around 17.9mm rainfall, Dukhan gets 36.4mm in February, Mukhenis has 28.8mm in March, Mukhenis receives 32.6mm in December and Ruweis gets 48.3mm in December, according to the report. The report further says the highest rainfall received in winter was over Dukhan (86.7mm) when records of the period between 1984 and 2007 were taken into account. The next highest of 83.4mm, was over Ruweis for the period between 1981 and 2007. The amount of rainfall in winter over every station in Qatar was higher than that received in spring and autumn. The amount of rainfall in the spring over all the country's stations was in the 30mm on average, except for Dukhan, which recorded 46.2mm. Mesaieed saw the lowest (36.3mm). In autumn, Doha and Mukhenis received 35.4mm and 30.8mm of rainfall respectively. The annual average is 21mm in Mukhenis while it is between 12mm and 20mm at other places. The highest amount of rainfall is recorded in December with a mean of 34.6mm. While the highest mean value was that of Dukhan (44.6mm), in the other places it varied between 28 and 38mm. March received the second highest mean rainfall of 26mm. Again, Dukhan topped with a value of 38.4mm and in other locations, it varied between 20mm and 35mm. The month of February is the third, with a mean rainfall of 23mm. Again, the value at Dukhan is the highest (29.6mm). Doha (20.2mm), Al Khor (20.4mm), and Mesaieed (25.7mm) are the other locations from where the figures were available. The amount of annual rainfall reported at the stations is in the range of 55mm over Mesaieed and 81.2mm in Doha.