Qatar World Cup weather

24th February 2015 Last updated at 15:36

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Looking at the temperature data for Qatar it is easy to understand why the idea of moving football's World Cup in 2022 from summer to winter may prove irresistible.

The summer months in Qatar are characterised by searing heat. The average high temperature in June in Doha is 41C. As an average that means some days can be cooler than this but others hotter, with the hottest days known to reach 50C.

But the problem in summer comes not just from the temperature but the combination of heat and humidity. Humid, moist air blowing inland from the sea combined with temperatures in the 40s is more difficult to endure than dry air blowing from the land.

When it is hot our bodies attempt to cool through perspiration. Water evaporating from the surface of our skin removes heat from the body as it does so. When the air is humid that process doesn't work as well and as a result our bodies can overheat resulting in heat stroke.

Temperatures are lower in the winter months. The average high temperature in Doha in November is 29C falling to 24C in December. Again, as an average that means some days are hotter than this and temperatures in November have been known to reach as high as 38C.

Rain in Qatar is more likely in winter than summer and although this is unlikely to be significant there is the ever-present threat of sand storms. These can occur suddenly at any time of the year and the most severe can affect sporting activities. Recently a stage of the Tour of Oman cycle race had to be cancelled due to the combination of wind and heat.

So football lovers may be closer to witnessing the first winter World Cup and for fans back in the UK that means no pre-match barbecues and who knows - maybe it will be snowing outside!

BBC Weather's Nick Miller