22 to 40°C
3671 hours
sunshine per day
36 mm
345 days
20 days
0 days

Climate of Qatar

On the Arabian Peninsula, in the Middle East, is a tiny country called Qatar. It has a desert climate, making it hot and dry all year round. High temperatures and little rain define Qatar's climate.

Climate averages for the whole year

  • Day: the average daily temperature during the day is between 22°C and 40°C
  • Night:the average nighttime temperature is between 17°C and 33°C
  • Rain: it rains 20 days and there is a total of approximately 36 mm rainfall
  • Sun hours: throughout the year there are 3671 sun hours
Maximum temperature: between 22°C and 40°C
Warmest month: 40°C in July
Coldest month: 22°C in January
Night temperature: between 17°C and 33°C
Dry days: 345 days
Days with rain: 20 days
Days with snow: 0 days
Total rain sum: 36 mm
Hours of sunshine: 3671 hours

There are only two distinct seasons in Qatar: summer and winter. These seasons are not as clearly defined as in other parts of the world. The summer season, which lasts from May to October, is relentlessly hot and dry, with frequent highs of over 50 degrees Celsius. With temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius, the winter season lasts from November to April.

Summer in Qatar

Summer temperatures in Qatar can be absurdly high. This is due to the country's location in the desert, where there is little shade and the sun's rays are intense. It is not unusual for temperatures to exceed 50 degrees Celsius, meaning the heat can become unbearable.

Summer is a popular time to travel to Qatar, despite the heat. Many visitors come to the country to take advantage of the pleasant climate and engage in outdoor activities. Besides the abundance of air-conditioned shopping centres and other indoor spaces, there are numerous beaches and outdoor swimming pools where people can seek coolness.

Winter in Qatar

Although winters in Qatar are colder than summers, winters in the country are still quite warm. 20 to 30 degrees Celsius is the typical winter temperature, which is much milder than in many other parts of the world.

In Qatar, the winter months are generally sunny and dry. Humidity is low and there is not much rainfall. The weather is mild and there is little chance of rain, making this a pleasant time of year to travel to the country.

Temperature graph

This graph shows the average maximum temperature (red) and minimum temperature (blue) for Qatar.

Precipitation graph

This graph shows the average amount of rainfall per month for Qatar.

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Climate table of Qatar

In this climate table you can see at a glance what the average weather per month is for Qatar. The data has been collected over a 30-year period, from which an average per month has been derived. From year to year the differences may be larger or smaller, but with this climate table you have a good idea of what the weather for Qatar might be like in a given month.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) 22 23 26 31 36 39 40 40 39 35 29 24
Night temp. (°C) 17 18 21 25 30 32 33 33 31 28 24 19
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 4 6 9 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 3
Days with rain 2 3 5 5 1 - - - - - 2 2
Dry days 29 25 26 25 30 30 31 31 30 31 28 29
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 7 8 10 10 12 13 12 12 10 10 10 7
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 3
UV-index 6 6 7 8 8 9 9 9 8 7 6 6

Best time to visit Qatar

Qatar is a small but vibrant country in the Middle East. Given its rich history and culture, beautiful landscapes and modern attractions, it is not surprising that Qatar is a popular travel destination for travellers from all over the world. But when is the best time to visit Qatar?

Depending on the purpose of your trip, the answer to this question will vary. If you want warm weather and lots of sunshine, then winter, from November to March, is the best time to visit Qatar. Around 25°C is the typical temperature at this time of year, which is pleasant and comfortable. You can also expect crowds and higher travel and accommodation costs during this period, which is also Qatar's busiest travel time.

If you want to avoid the crowds and save money, consider visiting Qatar between June and September. There are fewer tourists then and fantastic deals on travel and accommodation, even though this time of year is hot and muggy with temperatures often exceeding 40°C.

Climate of Qatar by month

What is the average climate in a given month for Qatar? Click on a month to see all monthly averages for sunshine, maximum and minimum temperatures, percent chance of rain per day, snowfall and number of rainy days.

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