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Saudi Arabia warns Pilgrims of “Higher than Average” heat during Hajj 2024.

Saudi Arabia has issued a warning about unusually hot temperatures forecast for this year’s pilgrimage, as millions of Muslims around the world prepare for the 2024 Hajj. Ayman Ghulam, head of the Saudi National Meteorological Center, told reporters recently that the temperature in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah will be higher than normal.

Temperatures are forecast to be one and a half to two degrees above average, with an average maximum temperature of 44°C (111°F), he said. Ghulam said there is little chance of rain during the trip and 25% humidity is common. This means travelers should be prepared for extremely hot and dry weather for the duration of their trip.

One of the five pillars of Islam, the Hajj will begin on June 14 this year. If a Muslim is financially and physically able, he should perform this religious duty at least once in his life. Four days are dedicated to the series of prayers that are performed during the Hajj in Makkah and the adjacent areas of western Saudi Arabia.

Last year, more than 18 lakh Muslims had the blessing of Hajj. But extreme heat also has serious effects on health. About 2,000 people suffered heat stress as a result of temperatures reaching 48 °C (118 °F). The actual number of heat-related illnesses, including heat stroke, exhaustion, pain, and rash, was likely much higher, as many cases went unreported.

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