Usually sweltering Qatar suffers its coldest ever day

AFP-JIJI

The desert state of Qatar recorded the lowest ever temperature in the country’s history Sunday — just 1.5 degrees Celsius — according to a statement posted online by state media.

Abu Samra weather station in the southwest of the country recorded the temperature, equivalent to 34 degrees Fahrenheit, in the “early morning,” a statement from Qatar News Agency (QNA) said.

“The new record low temperature is the lowest since the 3.8 degrees recorded in January of 1964,” said the QNA.

Temperatures have been relatively low for the past several days in the Persian Gulf state and the Qatar Meteorology Department said this was due to a high-pressure area.

Qatar usually makes headlines for its hot weather.

Most notably, football’s governing body FIFA has controversially switched the timing of the 2022 World Cup, being held in Qatar, to November and December because of fears over the country’s ferocious summer heat, where temperatures can regularly reach 50 degrees C (122 F).

It gets so hot that laborers have been banned from working for several hours during the day at the height of the summer.

In December, organizers also announced that thousands of World Cup 2022 laborers would be given “cooling” hard hats to reduce their body temperature as they build football stadiums in the desert heat.