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Qatar will continue to be very hot next month, with some added humidity thrown in for good measure, local forecasters have said.

According to the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET), the highest average temperatures of the year are seen in July, which begins on Saturday.

The MET added that a new weather front from India will cause the air to grow more moist as well.

But during the first week of July, that may be tempered a bit by the continuing AlBawarih winds.

Here to stay

Each year in Qatar, once the humidity sets in, it usually sticks around until at least the first week of September.

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Meanwhile, temps are expected to remain in the mid- to high 40Cs for the foreseeable future.

That said, high humidity will make it feel hotter than that.

This is because the damp air makes it difficult for the human body to evaporate sweat, which is what usually cools us down.

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With strong winds and more swirling dust and sand forecast over the weekend, doctors in Qatar are urging residents to take steps to protect their health.

In a post on Facebook yesterday, Hamad Medical Corp. (HMC) said dust particles like the ones floating in Qatar’s air can be particularly harmful to the respiratory system.

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They could also make things worse for people with sinus allergies and respiratory infections, HMC said.

It added:

“Those most at risk of contracting respiratory infections, including infants and young children, the elderly, people with a history of asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, individuals with heart disease, pregnant women and those who work outdoors, such as construction or delivery workers, are advised to be particularly cautious.”

Advice

To stay safe, HMC offered these tips:

  • Avoid going outside when winds are high or if there is low visibility, which is when dust levels can be particularly harmful.
  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • When outside, cover nose and mouth with a mask or damp cloth to decrease the amount of dust particles you inhale.
  • When driving, keep car windows closed, and opt for air conditioning instead.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes. If possible, use protective eyewear such as airtight goggles. If your eyes become irritated, rinse with water. Be especially careful if you wear contact lenses.
  • Start using antihistamines before symptoms begin if you are prone to bad allergies.

Weather report

According to the Qatar Meteorology Department (MET), windspeeds will hit a peak of 48 knots (89km/hour) inshore today.

This will cause low visibility in most areas due to blowing dust.

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The wind will gradually start calming down on Saturday, but the all-clear to go into the sea won’t be until at least Monday.

Temps will remain in the low 40s, which is average for this time of year, forecasters added.

How have you been coping with the weather? Thoughts?

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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.

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