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Doha Heat

Seattle has – or had, I am not so sure they still have – a women’s basketball team called the Seattle Storm. I think Doha needs a women’s swimming team called the Doha Heat. I have a little direction finder from Sharper Image that I used to use in my car when I got lost so I would know if I was heading north or south (you can get really turned around and not know it) but it no longer sticks to the dashboard, it lost its stick-power from the heat.

Now I keep it on my vanity in my room, with one temperature gauge in the shadow of my windowsill. This is what it looked like on Monday of this week:


It seems to have cooled off somewhat since then, perhaps due to being on the edge of the huge sandstorm in Iraq. People here are wearing breathing masks still, although the greatest haze seems to have passed. It is still hot – temperatures in the triple digits – but not so hot as 117°F.

Today’s Peninsula says to “expect sultry weather from next week.” It says that “the strong Shamal (northwesterly) winds that have been lashing the country over the past four days” have kept the humidity away, but that from Sunday, “a change in the wind direction . . . could cause a rise in humidity.”

July 17, 2009 - Posted by | Doha, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Qatar, Statistics, Weather


  1. I miss the Peninsula weather reports–so dramatic! Often wind, and occasionally rain, is “lashing” the country 🙂

    You have my sympathy on the weather there…it’s hot here in TX too, and humid, but no sand storms thank the Lord.

    Comment by grammy | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. Yes! I love them, too! And somehow, we missed the very worst of the sandstorm, while my friends in Baghdad are still suffering. Heat and dust – a truly awful combination. Last night here was truly lovely, though. Breezy and a little cooler. Hurry back, Grammy! 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 18, 2009 | Reply

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