Seasons in Qatar

Qatar has tropical maritime climate with dry hot summers and mild winters. The country is located on the peninsula of same name and washed by the Persian Gulf. Time from May to September is the hottest. Daytime temperature at these months is extremely high between 45 and 50 °C (113-131 °F). Nights bring no relief for air warms up to 43 °C (109 °F) even without sun. Humidity level reaches 92% and even higher in coastal areas. Rainy season lasts from December to March. Showers are strong and fast.

Rainy season is relatively cold time. Averages of those months are between 22 and 29 °C (72-84 °F). Annual amounts of precipitation are 125 mm (5”) in northern part of country and 49 mm (2”) in south Qatar.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Qatar

March and April are best months to visit the country. Air warms up from 27 °C (81 °F) at March to 31 °C (88 °F) at April. Nights are still cool enough to be comfortable. Ant water of the Persian Gulf is complete perfection with its 23 °C (73 °F). All kinds of seaside activities are available. In addition there are lots of completely harmless sharks and friendly dolphins in coastal waters.

Since May temperature rises to about 38 °C (100 °F) at daytime. Nights are cooler with 24 °C (75 °F). Thus planning voyage to Qatar it is better to pick first half of this month. By the end of May weather becomes too hot to be considered as comfortable.

The climate of the spring months

(Doha)

March
Max average t°: +27 °C (80 °F)
Min average t°: +17 °C (62 °F)
Water t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 11 mm (0.4")
April
Max average t°: +32 °C (89 °F)
Min average t°: +20.5 °C (69 °F)
Water t°: +24.5 °C (76 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 4 mm (0.2")
May
Max average t°: +38 °C (100 °F)
Min average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 1 mm (0.04")

Summer in Qatar

At June heat comes to the country and tourists are starting to leave. Daytime averages are still at 38 °C (100 °F) and temperature of water reaches 30 °C (86 °F). At July heat hits 41 °C (106 °F) and water warms up to 32 °C (90 °F) therefore few visitors prefer cooled pools over beaches. Thus people with health issues are should consider travelling to Qatar at this time.

Weather of August is almost incompatible. Noon air temperature is about 43 °C (109 °F) and at night it drops to 31 °C (88 °F). Precipitation is exceptionally rare thus any relief except mentioned pools and air conditioning should be expected. Regarding such weather conditions it would be better to reschedule trip on late October.

The climate of the summer months

(Doha)

June
Max average t°: +40.5 °C (105 °F)
Min average t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Water t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.0 mm (0.00")
July
Max average t°: +41 °C (106 °F)
Min average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Water t°: +33 °C (91 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0 mm (0.00")
August
Max average t°: +40 °C (105 °F)
Min average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Water t°: +34 °C (93 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.2 mm (0.008")


Autumn in Qatar

First half of September is as hot as summer however later at this month temperature goes down to 37 °C (99 °F). Accompanied by relatively high humidity (62%) it is hardly comfortable yet it is better than summer heat. October brings cooling and daily temperatures are shifting to 34 °C (93 °F) at noon and 26 °C (79 °F) at night. In addition water temperature is 28 °C (82 °F) and precipitation is rather impossible.

At November likehood of rain is higher however there will be only 1 rainy day. Daily temperatures are 26 to 29 °C (79-84 °F) and at night they are 16-20 °C (61-68 °F). Activity of the sun decreases thus sunbathing is completely available with no risk of sunburns.

The climate of the autumn months

(Doha)

September
Max average t°: +39 °C (101 °F)
Min average t°: +27 °C (80 °F)
Water t°: +33 °C (91 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.0 mm (0.00")
October
Max average t°: +35 °C (95 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (74 °F)
Water t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.2 mm (0.008")
November
Max average t°: +29 °C (85 °F)
Min average t°: +19.5 °C (67 °F)
Water t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 9 mm (0.35")

Winter in Qatar

Weather of December is almost perfect. Daytime temperatures are in comfortable range between 19 and 25 °C (66-77 °F) while nights are chilly with around 12 °C (54 °F). In addition at December there is peak of precipitation meaning about two rainy days. Also there is probability of sandstorms with equal chance.

At January temperatures are same. Water cools down to 19 °C (66 °F) and rather strong winds are hindering comfortable seaside leisure. Temperatures of February are somewhat equal to previous months and shopping is the best of available activities. Luckily local stores are providing attractive discounts at this time.

The climate of the winter months

(Doha)

December
Max average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Water t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 2.2 mm (0.09")
January
Max average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Water t°: +19.5 °C (67 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 8 mm (0.3")
February
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Water t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 8.3 mm (0.3")

Concerning holidays in Qatar

Qatar has Islam as public religion thus all celebrations are held according to Islamic calendar. Thing is matching dates of Georgian calendar are shifting by 11 to 13 days each year. In addition there is no standard Islamic calendar and chronology of each Islamic country is slightly different. Thus matching dates of Islamic holidays are completely different for each year in Georgian calendar.

However there are some celebrations with fixed dates in solar calendar:

Second Tuesday in February – National Sports Day.

18 December – Qatar National Day.