Weather in Qatar
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Expats should brace themselves for Qatar’s extreme heat. The country's desert climate creates unbearable peak temperatures that mean new arrivals have to be wary of heat exhaustion and sunstroke.
The weather in Qatar is characterised by abundant sunshine and little rainfall. Rain appears in short bursts during winter (December to February) and rarely totals more than three inches in a year.
The brief transitional seasons are by far the most pleasant. Spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) bring temperatures of around 63°F (17°C) with low levels of humidity.
Conversely, Qatar's long summers (May to September) can reach 122°F (50°C) and average 106°F (41°C), while humidity can reach 95 percent.
Most expats vacate the country during the hottest months of June, July and August, and planning a holiday during this period is highly recommended. Otherwise, expats will have to learn to adapt accordingly to the weather in Qatar and the following is recommended:
Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen at all times when outdoors
Organise outdoor activities for the early morning and late evening
Park cars in shaded areas and use a protective screen
Drink plenty of fluids
Winter is generally mild, but occasionally the desert gets chilly. Qatar homes are ill-equipped to provide heat, which can also be unpleasant.
On the other hand, air-conditioning is the norm and without it the weather in Qatar would get the best of residents. With this in mind, expats should have a light sweater on hand for when indoors.