Climate of Qatar

Climate of Qatar

Where is the country of Qatar located? If you like heat and drought, you can go to Qatarright on the Persian Gulf. There is a desert climate here, with warm winters and hot summers. In the period from November to March it is still pleasant, but from April the temperatures during the day quickly rise to around or above forty degrees in the summer months. It is not nice and warm, partly because there is also a high relative humidity, which makes it feel very stuffy. The sea still offers some cooling, despite the fact that the sea water temperature is high in the period from May to November. For the World Cup to be organized in 2022, this means that measures must be taken to ensure that it is not too hot for football players, coaches and supporters. Most likely, to combat the enormous heat, very high capacity cooling installations will be installed in stadiums,

The sun is visible for many hours, but especially in the late and early hours there is often a watery sun because of the much moisture in the air. This allows the most beautiful colors to appear in the sky at sunset.

In the capital Doha, it cools less quickly in the evening than in open desert plains. This is because the pavement and buildings of the city retain the heat for longer. In addition, the location by the sea means that the temperatures in Doha fall less quickly anyway.


Precipitation is almost only in the period November to April. In total, about 50 mm of rain falls per year in Qatar, which is less than the average in one month in the Netherlands. Due to the drought, the desert-like country has little to offer in terms of flora and fauna. Occasionally there will be more rain within a short period of time. If ten to twenty millimeters of precipitation falls within a short period of time, then in cities such as Doha there are problems in getting the water drained. A layer of water may remain on the streets temporarily.

Don’t pay too much for your hotel

In recent years, dozens of hotel booking sites have emerged that let you book hotels online in places like Qatar. Do you want to compare all providers in one go and find the cheapest room? Then go to Trivago Qatar. There you can immediately see per hotel where you can book the cheapest rooms for your travel dates at that moment!

Climate figures

The figures below are based on long-term average climate statistics. The temperatures are displayed in degrees Celsius (°C).

Maximum temperature Minimum temperature Hours of sunshine per day Days of rainfall per month Water temperature
January 22℃ 13℃ 8 4 22℃
February 23℃ 14℃ 8 4 20℃
March 27℃ 17℃ 8 5 21℃
April 32℃ 21℃ 9 4 23℃
May 38℃ 25℃ 11 1 27℃
June 40℃ 28℃ 11 0 30℃
July 42℃ 29℃ 11 0 32℃
August 41℃ 30℃ 11 0 33℃
September 38℃ 27℃ 10 0 33℃
October 35℃ 24℃ 10 0 31℃
November 29℃ 20℃ 9 1 28℃
December 24℃ 15℃ 8 3 24℃

Best time to visit Qatar

Do you want to know when is the best time to travel to Qatar? You can determine the best time to travel to a destination based on the weather and climate. In addition, there are other factors that are not directly related to the weather and that can influence the best travel periods for a travel destination. Think, for example, of holidays or festive periods, which makes traveling more interesting or not, because daily life comes to a standstill as a result. Qatar is an emirate on the Persian Gulf. The peninsula on which Qatar is located has a warm desert climate. That means hot dry summers and very mild winters. Qatar has only two seasons: the cooler season and the hot season. The cooler season is from November to March. The hot season starts in April and lasts well into October. During that half year it is warm to extremely hot. Think of average maximum temperatures between 40 and 45 degrees, but where extreme heat with a temperature of 50 degrees is also a possibility. Especially the months of July and August are very hot.

Most pleasant months

The best time to travel to Qatar coincides with the dry season: from November to March. During this period the maximum temperature is between 20 and 28 degrees in the ‘coolest’ months of December, January and February. In November and March you can count on maximums of around thirty degrees. In April, the daytime thermometers shoot well above thirty degrees. It is still fine in Qatar for a sun holiday, but it is actually too hot to be seriously active.


Qatar is an extremely dry destination. On an annual basis, approximately one tenth of the rainfall we are used to in the Netherlands falls. Rain usually falls mainly in the period from November to April. From May the chance of a shower is small. What you do not see in the climate statistics is that sometimes heavy showers can occur in Qatar. On average, once to three times a year, severe depressions move from Iran or the Arabian Sea to the Arabian Peninsula. They can cause significant disruption to daily life. These kinds of heavy showers are not noticeable in long-term averages.

Qatar in the summer

Summers are hot, dry and sunny. This is exactly the weather you expect in a desert. Fortunately, you can largely avoid the heat by staying indoors. Buildings and cars have good air conditioning. Those who stay outside during the day do not have to experience the wind chill that can rise to far above fifty degrees. If you mainly want to be outside, the summer is actually too hot in Qatar. Even the swimming pool or the sea can hardly provide cooling. In addition, the sun is mercilessly bright with a high dose of harmful UV radiation.