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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?

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Above average temperatures are expected to continue in Qatar this week, with the high reaching up to the low 40s Celsius (>104F), local forecasters have warned.

Normally, the average maximum temperature in April is around 33C (91F).

According to the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET), easterly to southeasterly winds are to blame for the rising thermostat.

It added in a statement that there is a 60 to 70 percent chance that Qatar and other Gulf countries will see above-average temperatures through June.

Residents suffered through an abnormally sweltering summer last year too, too, which at the time was attributed to climate change.

“Qatar Meteorology Department recommends to drink plenty of liquids and to avoid direct sunlight during hot weather conditions to avoid sun strokes,” the MET concluded this week.

Allergy season

It’s not just heat residents need to worry about.

The beginning of summer in Qatar is also a common time for people to report worsening allergies.

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In a statement yesterday, Hamad Medical Corp. (HMC) advised residents to pay attention to symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, coughs and headaches.

It also urged patients to minimize exposure to the allergens that affect them. This could be pollen, wind/sand, rain or indoor triggers such as pet dander.

Patients who suffer from indoor allergens are advised to:

  • Wash bedding in very hot water at least once a week;
  • Use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture; and
  • Remove carpets, upholstered furniture and stuffed toys.

Seeking out an effective allergy medicine is also important so that you can start treatment as soon as symptoms start, said Dr. Mehdi Adeli, head of HMC’s Allergy and Immunology Awareness Program (AIAP).

Thoughts?