Qatar is a modern and dynamic country located in the waters of the Gulf. It was originally well noted for its fishing and pearling industry. But, the discovery of oil has transformed it into an independent and prosperous country. The abundant oil reserves interlinked with oil exports has multiplied its income hundreds of times. Oil exports account for 80% of the country’s income. Qatar has an excellent tourist industry and many people come here either on vacation or on business. Most of the people study the Qatar weather before planning their trip.
Qatar is situated on a peninsula in the Persian Gulf. The country has an arid desert climate where you have unbearably hot summers, nice warm winters and a little bit of rain. Qatar’s landscape is flat and sandy; the topography shows a few low hills and a limestone plateau.
The climate of Qatar is a hot desert climate and with low annual rainfall. It has quite high temperatures in summer and there is a lot of variation in the Qatar weather between the maximum and the minimum temperatures. The coastal areas have lower temperatures but with high humidity. The summer period which is from June to September is very hot with marginal to low rainfall. The temperatures during the summer months can be over 40° C and sometimes it can even peak at 45° C. The average night temperature during this period is about 30° C. Winter is cooler and pleasant with occasional rains. The spring and autumn seasons are warm, dry, and enjoyable. The maximum temperature during this period varies from 25° C to 35° C during the day and between 15° C to 20° C at nights.
During the spring and summers months from March to August, hot dust and sand laden winds called the Shamal blow across the country. These winds can be very strong and turbulent and can cause sandstorms. These sandstorms can occur throughout the year, but more in spring. The sandstorms are not all fun and they can be extremely violent at times. The reduced brings all transportation to a stop. You will find rainfall during the winter months and these rains occur in short, sudden cloudbursts and sometimes accompanied by thunderstorms.
Qatar weather is conducive for visits during the period from November to March which is the winter season when you can enjoy really mild temperatures. The average day temperature fluctuates between 20° to 30° C. Nights become quite chilly and the night temperatures vary from 10° to 15° C. Qatar has a very low humidity in winter. It is during this period that the humidity on the coast will get you. Do not plan a visit to Qatar during the months of July to September – you may have less humidity, but the heat can be very terrible. Most of the people take a holiday outside Qatar during the summer months.
Many people call the monsoon season in Qatar a big joke. The average annual rainfall is about 100 mm. Rain normally falls between December and March, on an average of four days per month for the season. As per the Qatar weather charts, there is almost no monsoon in Qatar.
The peak season to travel to Qatar is from the month of October to April when the Qatar weather is relatively cool and you will not suffer from humidity. Many people choose children’s school vacations to take a holiday at Qatar. Almost all the people spend the day time next to the pools, and the evenings on the beaches or sightseeing.