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It’s going to be super-hot and windy in Qatar this week, local forecasters has warned.

Conditions are going to especially bad from Tuesday to Thursday, with winds reaching up to 45 knots (83km/hour) during the daytime.

Expect visibility to drop on the roads due to the swirling dust, the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) said.

Meanwhile, temps are also expected to rise, reaching up to the mid-40Cs in some areas.

In a statement this week, the MET urged “all to be cautious and to avoid going to sea during this period as well as to avoid direct sunlight.”

Al Bawarih

The strong northwesterly wind conditions are known as Al Bawarih.

They typically die down during the nighttime and regain their strength by sunrise, the MET explained.

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2015 sandstorm in Qatar

According to the department’s monthly forecast, there’s no rain expected in the coming weeks.

The first half of June is also usually sandstorm weather across the Gulf, so the MET has warned of impending shamals in Qatar.

Thoughts?

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Now that May is here, Qatar is really starting to feel the summer heat, with temperatures surging to 40C (104F) this week.

To avoid falling ill during the next few months, the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) has tweeted several pieces of advice.

They include:

  • Drinking plenty of fluids;
  • Wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect the sunlight;
  • Never leaving children unattended in a vehicle;
  • Avoiding direct sunlight and outdoor activities when possible; and
  • Taking regular rest breaks in the shade while working outdoors.

Midday working ban far off

Despite the heat, it will still be another six long weeks before Qatar’s construction workers get a reprieve from the sun.

Each year, from June 15 to Aug. 31, local companies are required to implement a midday working ban for their outdoor employees.

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According to the law, laborers can only work a maximum of five hours outdoors in the morning. They also cannot work in the sun between 11:30am and 3pm.

Firms who fail to comply can be shut for up to month by authorities.

It’s possible that Ramadan, which begins at the end of this month, will prompt employers to shorten days before mid-June.

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Last year, many companies moved shifts to the nighttime hours during the fasting month.

But other companies have previously said they were waiting for the government’s rules to take effect first.

Thoughts?

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Strong winds and sandstormy conditions are expected to stick around for the rest of the week in Qatar, local forecasters have said.

In some parts of the country, winds could reach up to 38 knots (70km/hour), the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET) said.

The ensuing dust and sand kicked up by the wind will cause visibility to drop to less than 2km, the MET added in a statement.

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Residents should “be cautious” and avoid sea activities through Saturday.

On the bright side, temperatures have fallen back down to “normal” levels for this time of the year, and will reach a high of around 37C over the next few days.

Dust protection

With the rain behind us, now might be a good time to brush up on how to protect yourself and loved ones from all the sand that’s blowing around.

Health officials have previously advised those going outdoors to wear masks, avoid rubbing their eyes to prevent infection and to seek treatment if they have breathing difficulties.

Other advice includes:

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Sandstorm health advice

Will the weather affect your weekend plans? Thoughts?