Posted on March 24, 2016

The Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics released a press release on the occasion of the World Meteorological Day which falls on March 23 each year. It is celebrated by the World Meteorological Organization, its members and the worldwide meteorological community. The Day commemorates the entry into force, on that date in 1950, of the convention creating the WMO. The theme for 2016 is “Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future”.

On this occasion, the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, in collaboration with the Civil Aviation General Authority – Meteorological Department, released the chapter of meteorological statistics within the Annual Statistical Abstract. The chief meteorological phenomena in 2015 are:

  • Increase in rainfall compared to previous years. 

Meteorological statistics show an increase in the rainfall ratios vis-à-vis the previous years. The highest annual rainfall accounted for 114.5 mm in the gauge station of Doha International Airport, whereas it was very little in al-Karaana station with only 37.5 mm in 2015. It is noteworthy that the rise in rainfall at Doha International Airport was steady in this station compared to the previous years. Rainfall statistics at Doha International Airport indicate that December was the rainiest in 2015 vis-à-vis the rainy months (November to May). 51.3 mm of rain recorded in December, followed by 34.2 mm and 20.2 mm in March and November respectively.

  • Temperatures and relative humidity average(maximum)

Statistics on average maximum temperatures for 2015, according to weather monitoring stations, show that it varied from 36.7o in al-Karaana Station to 30.3 in al-Ruwais Station. In addition, statistics indicate that the number of days when temperatures soared over 45o in 2015 was 15 days, eight of which took place in July only. Average relative humidity ranged from 35.8% in al-Karaana Station, and 67.9% in al-Ruwais Station as shown in the table below.

  • Temperatures and relative humidity average(maximum)

Statistics on average maximum temperatures for 2015, according to weather monitoring stations, show that it varied from 36.7o in al-Karaana Station to 30.3 in al-Ruwais Station. In addition, statistics indicate that the number of days when temperatures soared over 45o in 2015 was 15 days, eight of which took place in July only. Average relative humidity ranged from 35.8% in al-Karaana Station, and 67.9% in al-Ruwais Station as shown in the table below.

click here to view the tables and figures

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