MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY – JANUARY 2016
The Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications’ Meteorological Directorate reported in their monthly weather summary that the month of January 2016
Was slightly warmer than normal in temperatures with below average in relative humidities, precipitation and above average in wind speed
The mean temperature of the month was 17.8°C which is 0.8°C above the long-term normal for the month of January. The mean maximum temperature was 20.5°C and the mean minimum temperature of the month was 15.1°C.
During the period from 28th to 31st of January the temperatures were well below the long-term normal due to the movement of very cold upper trough from Europe towards the northern and central parts of the Arabia Peninsula and the Arabian Gulf, followed by cold northwesterly winds which resulted in the minimum temperature dropping to 10.1°C in Bahrain International Airport on the 29th, but it was 8.2°C in Durrat Al Bahrain.
During the month Bahrain had 14 days with minimum temperatures below 15°C.
The mean relative humidity for January was 70% and the mean maximum relative humidity was 83% whereas the mean minimum relative humidity was 51%.
Bahrain International Airport recorded total precipitation of 1.1 mm on the 2nd of January. Trace amounts were recorded on the 9th, 12th and 13th of January. The long-term average for precipitation in January is 14.5 mm with the highest record for precipitation in January being 135.9 mm which occurred in January 1959.
The total precipitation for January in Durrat Al Bahrain was 2.6 mm, 1.4 mm in King Fahad Causeway was and 1.0 mm in Sitra Island.
Westerly to northwesterly winds accounted for 67% of the observation with gusts reaching 37 knots on the 3rd of January at Bahrain International Airport.
Fog was reported on the mornings of the 19th and 20th of January where visibility dropped to 100 meters on the 19th at Bahrain International Airport.