What is the weather like in Qatar for the World Cup and what is the time difference to the UK?

    The 2022 World Cup will begin today as 32 countries head to Qatar to compete for football’s ultimate prize. 

    Despite the tournament taking part in the winter, a key focus for many of the squads in Doha has been acclimatising to the hot temperatures. 

    The 2022 Qatar World Cup starts in November

    The 2022 Qatar World Cup starts in November

    England and all other teams in the tournament will have to adapt to the conditions in the Middle East fast if they want to experience success.

    With temperatures expected to play a big part through the tournament, what will the weather be like in Qatar and what is the time difference to the UK? 

    Weather in Qatar

    Throughout the year in Qatar, the average temperature is around 29 degrees Celsius with highs in the summer months reaching 45 degrees. 

    With the heat clearly too much in the summer, the World Cup is being played in the winter. However, compared to the UK, the temperatures will still be very high. 

    The averages in November and December in Qatar are 26 degrees celsius and 21 degrees respectively. 

    The temperature is set to be 26C at the 7pm kick-off for the opening game between Qatar and Ecuador on Sunday.

    Stadiums will include air-con to help deal with the heat

    Stadiums will include air-con to help deal with the heat

    Comparing this to the UK, the averages here are of 7-12 degrees in November and highs of 9C in December. 

    The two months in which the tournament takes place will also be some of the most humid months on average in Qatar. 

    A relative average humidity of 71 percent in December is much higher than the annual average in the country of 59 percent.

    For the opening game, the humidity will be around 60 percent meaning a real feel temperature of 31C despite it taking place in the evening.

    To counteract the uncomfortable conditions, tournament bosses have included state-of-the-art air conditioning inside grounds.

    England’s fixtures will be taking place three hours ahead of the kick-off times in the UK

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    England’s fixtures will be taking place three hours ahead of the kick-off times in the UK

    Time difference with the UK

    The UK is three hours behind Qatar.

    England’s group fixtures will take place on November 21, November 25 and November 29. 

    Kick-off times in the UK are at 1pm for the opening game and 7pm for the remaining two matches during the group stage. 

    With the time difference, these games will be played three hours later in the day in Qatar. 

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