November unsettled, warmer than normal
November was slightly warmer than normal this year with the kingdom also experiencing unsettled weather and heavy showers during the month, according to the latest met data. The month, Bahrain’s Meteorological Directorate said, was wet with 5 rainy days, accumulating 29.2 mm of precipitation at Bahrain International Airport and 8 times more than the long-term normal for November which is 3.8 mm.
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded during November was 146.8 mm which occurred on November 1940, while the highest daily rainfall ever recorded during November was 57.6 mm which occurred on 19th November 2000. Thunderstorms occurred on 3 days. Unsettled weather affected the kingdom on the 11th of November producing heavy rain showers with thunderstorm and strong gusts. Visibility dropped to 800 meters at Bahrain International Airport and gust reached 35 knots. Also, a total precipitation of 33.6 mm fall at Shakir Airbase with gust reached 33 knots on the same day.
The total monthly precipitation recorded for November 2018 at Sitra Island was 37.2 mm whereas the total precipitation at King Fahd Causeway was 34.8 mm, at Durrat Al Bahrain was 19.0 mm and at Shakir Airbase was 45.4 mm. Light rain was also reported in some areas on the 8th of November. The mean temperature of the month was 24.9 C which is 0.6 C above the long-term normal. The mean maximum temperature of the month was 27.5 C which is 0.2 C below the longterm normal.
The highest temperature recorded during the month was 32.5 C which occurred on the 15th of November at Bahrain International Airport. The mean minimum temperature of the month was 22.7 C which is 1.5 C above the longterm. The lowest temperature recorded was 18.9 C set on the 30th of November at Bahrain International Airport but recorded 16.3 C on the 29th of November at Durrat Al Bahrain.
The mean relative humidity for November was 69% whereas the mean maximum relative humidity was 79pc and the mean minimum relative humidity was 56pc. Northwesterly winds accounted for 34pc with gusts reaching 35 knots on the 11th of November at Bahrain International Airport. But reached 37 knots on the 25th of November at Durrat Al Bahrain.