Summer 2010 one of the hottest seasons on record in Qatar

September 2, 2010
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Summer 2010 is one of the hottest seasons on record in Qatar, with temperatures marking an increase of around five degrees over those of 2008, a meteorology expert said.

“We broke the record this year, with the highest temperature in over 40 years,” Abdullah Al Mannai, the head of the forecast and analysis section at the meteorological department, said. “Even though 1996, 2000 and 2004 witnessed high temperatures, they were not as hot as this year.”

The meteorological department currently records temperatures at its site at Doha International Airport, and it was there that the record-breaking temperature of 50.4°C was recorded in July.

Explaining that there is a difference between the actual recorded temperature and what is known as ‘felt temperature,’ Al Mannai said that many people may have recorded highs above the officially registered 50.4°C and used by the World Meteorological Organsiation.

However, he said there are a number of factors that contributed to the difference, believed to be around plus or minus 6°C in Qatar.

“People record the temperatures in the car, but there are so many factors which affect this, such as heat radiated from the asphalt, heat from the surrounding cars’ exhausts and even the heat generated by the car itself. We make our measurements in a very controlled environment which is extremely reliable,” he said, quoted by Qatari daily Gulf Times.

The forecaster said that based on average temperatures, Qatar would probably be placed at the midpoint of a list of GCC countries.

Al Mannai rejected claims that Qatar’s humidity is also higher than in the previous years

“Although it may feel more humid this summer, this is down to other factors such as wind and water vapour,” he said. “Humidity in Qatar is less oppressive than in other countries in the region and the atmosphere here is more comfortable than elsewhere.”

Al Mannai said that the changeover from summer to autumn should occur on September 21, and although temperature changes will not be immediately noticeable, he predicted that by October the average temperature will have dropped by four to six degrees.

The forecaster also predicted that rain levels should remain the same as last year.

 

         

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