How hot is it in Qatar as country hosts World Cup 2022?


    England player drinks water in Qatar
    The World Cup has been moved from summer to winter where the temperatures are less extreme (Picture: Eddie Keogh – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

    The FIFA World Cup is taking place for the first time in winter to avoid the sweltering heat during the Qatari summer months.

    But despite this huge change to the tournament, teams making the trip to Qatar should still expect warm conditions in the Middle Eastern country.

    So, what will the temperature be in Qatar 2022 – and how will teams beat the heat?

    Metro.co.uk is on hand to give you a weather forecast for November and December in Qatar.

    What temperature will it be in Qatar during the World Cup?

    According to WeatherAndClimate.com, the maximum temperature in November in the capital Doha is 30°C, with a minimum of 20°C.

    This falls to a maximum of 25°C and a minimum of 16°C for December.

    England players take part in a training session ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar
    England still face searing heat in Qatar despite the tournament taking place in winter (Picture: Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

    Players can expect humidity to be between 60% and 70% during November and December, which is higher than the average for the rest of year in Qatar.

    During the height of the Qatari summer in June and July when the World Cup is typically played, temperatures average 37°C which has been deemed unsuitable weather for football matches to take place.

    How will teams deal with the heat?

    To combat the heat and humidity in Qatar, state-of-the-art air conditioning units have been built into stadiums at pitch level to ensure a cool flow of air around players whilst they compete.

    Drinks breaks midway through each half could also be introduced to help players deal with the weather conditions.

    Managers will also be allowed to make five substitutions during matches, meaning that player workload should be less throughout the tournament.

    In the build up to England’s first match against Iran, Gareth Southgate had scheduled training sessions to take place in the morning to avoid the peak heat in the afternoon.

    Although the Iranian match will be at 4pm local time, their final two group games against USA and Wales will kick-off at 10pm which is well after sunset.

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