This report describes the typical weather at the Doha International Airport (Doha, Qatar) weather station over the course of an average December. It is based on the historical records from 1978 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Doha has a hot desert climate. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (91%), lakes and rivers (5%), and built-up areas (3%).
The month of December is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 79°F to 73°F over the course of the month, exceeding 84°F or dropping below 67°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of December, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21 with 10:34 hours of daylight; the longest day is December 1 with 10:41 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:02am on December 1; the latest sunset is at 4:55pm on December 31; the latest sunrise is at 6:19am on December 31; the earliest sunset is at 4:43pm on December 3.
Daylight savings time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover is 16% (mostly clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On December 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 61% of the time, partly cloudy 13% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 6% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around December 29, occurring in 15% of days. Precipitation is least likely around December 1, occurring in 11% of days.
Throughout December, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, light rain, and thunderstorms.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 55% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 29, when it is observed during 8% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 25% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 29, when it is observed during 4% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 17% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around December 1, when it is observed during 3% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in December or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 45% (comfortable) to 94% (very humid) over the course of a typical December, rarely dropping below 31% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around December 1, at which time the relative humidity drops below 52% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around December 31, rising above 89% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical December, the dew point typically varies from 49°F (dry) to 64°F (mildy humid) and is rarely below 39°F (dry) or above 70°F (muggy).
The time of the month between December 1 and December 31 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of December typical wind speeds vary from 2 mph to 13 mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 19 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around December 9, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around December 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).