Weather in Qatar to start mellowing down with rise of Star of Suhail
People who are exhausted with the heat and humidity in the country, a respite may be on the horizon.
Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority said Friday night would mark the first of 13 nights of the star of Al Kilaibein, also known as Al Nathra, during which the hot and humid conditions will continue.
Al Kilaibein is the sixth among summer stars and the last in Jamrat al Q’aith. The star of Suhail will appear in the middle of Al Kilaibein, during which the temperatures will slowly begin to go down.
“The star of Suhail is projected to appear above Qatar’s skies on August 24,” Dr Bashir Marzouk, an astronomer at the Qatar Calendar House (QCH), was quoted as saying.
“The sight of the star of Suhail brought great joy to people in the Gulf region, as it signalled a moderation in weather and the beginning of seasonal change. It meant the end of hot scorching winds and lesser intensity of heat. The water will cool in the evenings, the night becomes long and the day becomes short,” he said.
He said there was also a chance for rain, recalling an old Gulf Arab anecdote warning of the ‘cold nights and the floods’ related to star of Suhail.
The star of Suhail will be 52 days long, fragmented into four periods of 13 days each – Al Tarfa, Al Jabha’, Al-Zebra’ and Al Sarfa’. The temperature drop will become more noticeable with the passing of each period.
The Qatar Meteorology Department had earlier said Al Tarfa period would see hot and humid weather, with a decrease becoming apparent from the Al Sarfa period onwards.
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