Weatherwatch: Qatar’s hot, rainless summers

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The small Middle Eastern country has an average rainfall well below 100mm, and once hit 50.4C

One of the smallest countries in the Middle East – only just over half the size of Wales – Qatar has, as you might expect, a very uniform climate.

Like its neighbours, Bahrain to the north-west and the United Arab Emirates to the east, the weather is very hot and almost completely dry from May through to September, with temperatures mostly in the high 30s or low 40s. The record high – from the capital, Doha – is a searing 50.4C (122.7F) in July 2010, while the record low is just 1.5 C (34.7 F) in February 2017.

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