Qatar sizzling as temperatures soar to 53 degrees Celsius

July 14, 2010

Qatar sizzled as the mercury shot up to 50 degrees Celsius, making for the hottest daytime the country has witnessed in recent years and prompting calls to private and public companies not to expose their workers to the sun in the coming days.

Though the Met department recorded the country’s maximum temperature at 50 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, weather monitoring equipment put up by the Qatar Scientific Club (QSC) at its premises showed the mercury touching 53 degrees Celsius at 2pm, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported.

According to the Met office, Abu Samra and Mesaieed had maximum temperatures of 50 degrees and 49 degrees, respectively. The Doha, Dukhan and Al Khor stations recorded 48 degrees Celsius, while Al Ruwais recorded 45.

The highest temperatures in Qatar are recorded in June and July, and only on a few occasions in the recent past has the mercury crossed the 49 degrees Celsius mark in these months.

The country has been experiencing a steady increase in temperatures since the early weeks of this summer.

In an unusual phenomenon, the initial weeks of summer saw temperatures that were five to seven degrees Celsius higher than the corresponding period last year. After hovering above 45 degrees Celsius, the mercury suddenly soared to 48 degrees Celsius in the last week of June 2010. The minimum temperatures also went up during this period.

The steep rise in temperatures is likely to have a bearing on the temperature of sea water. When the mercury touched the 48 degrees Celsius mark in 2008, the sea water temperature soared to 37 degrees Celsius, a level that is harmful to marine life, according to marine experts.

High temperatures this summer have affected the fish catch. Market sources said that 90 percent of the fishing boats had not ventured out to the sea in the last three days, the daily reported.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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