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Scorching temperatures forecast for Hajj

Saudi authorities are preparing for what they anticipate will be record numbers of pilgrims
Muslim pilgrims carry umbrellas amid high temperatures outside Namira Mosque on the plain of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia on June 27, 2023. Reuters
Muslim pilgrims carry umbrellas amid high temperatures outside Namira Mosque on the plain of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia on June 27, 2023. Reuters

The upcoming Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia next month is expected to face soaring temperatures, according to the head of the Saudi National Centre of Meteorology, Gulf News reported.

Ayman Ghulam stated that this year’s Hajj season, which runs from June 24 to 29, will coincide with the “hottest time of year” in the region. Temperatures and humidity levels are typically high during this period.

“It was necessary to be in touch with the agencies concerned and notify them of the weather forecasts at the holy places so that they can take precautions during this year’s Hajj,” Ghulam said after a recent workshop examining the climate impact on the 2024 pilgrimage.

The extreme heat poses serious health risks for the over two million Muslims expected to attend the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah and surrounding holy sites. Saudi authorities are preparing for what they anticipate will be record numbers of pilgrims, following a surge of 30 million Umrah pilgrims during Ramazan.

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Measures to mitigate the impact of the heat on pilgrims, such as providing adequate hydration and cooling at encampments, will be a top priority for organizers in the lead-up to the Hajj.

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