February 2018 – Third Hottest on record since 1902

Bahrain: The month of February, according to Meteorological data, has set a new record in the Kingdom by becoming the third hottest month ever experienced in Bahrain since 1902.

This was revealed in the monthly weather summary released by the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications’ Meteorological Directorate.

Highest temp 30.6°C

The highest temperature recorded during the month was 30.6°C which occurred on the 18th of February at Bahrain International Airport but recorded 30.9°C on the same day at Durrat Al Bahrain.

The mean temperature of the month was 19.8°C which is 1.9°C above the long-term normal and goes on record as the third highest mean temperatures for the month of February since 1902. This is same as February 1979 & 2015 and exceeded by February 1963 with a record of 21.5°C and February 1999 & 2010 at 20.4°C. The mean maximum temperature of the month was 23.6°C which is 2.4°C above the long-term normal and goes on record as the fourth highest mean maximum temperatures for the month of February since 1946. This is same as February 2009 and exceeded by February 1963 with a record of 25.2°C, February 2010 at 24.4°C and February 2006 at 23.7°C.

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Lowest temp 13.0°C

The mean minimum temperature of the month was 16.6°C which is 1.7°C above the long-term normal. The lowest temperature recorded was 13.0°C set on the 5th February at Bahrain International Airport but recorded 8.5°C on the 4th February at Durrat Al Bahrain.

Moderate rain

An upper trough moved towards the central parts of the Arabian Peninsula caused moderate rain over the kingdom on the 24th of February with 4.8 mm of precipitation recorded at Bahrain International Airport, 10.4 mm at Durrat Al Bahrain, 6.8 mm at Sitra Island and 2.8 mm at King Fahd Causeway.

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Another mobile trough had crossed the area on Wednesday 28th of February with 2.5 mm of precipitation recorded at Bahrain International Airport. But manage to produce rain accompanied by hail in some areas.

Westerly to Northwesterly winds accounted 40% with gusts reaching 36 knots on the 14th of February at Bahrain International Airport.

Fog trouble 

Fog affected the kingdom on the 16th February, visibility dropped to 350 meters or less from 00:00 am to 07:00 am local time. The lowest visibility was 40 meters from 00:30 am to 02:00 am local time at Bahrain International Airport.

Thick dust haze also affected the Kingdom of Bahrain on the 14th of February reduced the visibility to 500 meters at Bahrain International Airport.

Source Credit: News Of Bahrain

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