Saudi Meteorological Center: Next year marks last Hajj in summer season

22-06-2024 09:38 AM

Ammon News - Muslim pilgrims from across the world will experience the last summer Hajj next year before a 17-year hiatus from the hotter months, marking a significant shift for those participating in the yearly ritual.

The transition, dictated by the Islamic lunar calendar, will see the Hajj moving to cooler spring and winter months, greatly impacting the traditional pilgrimage experience, according to Hussein Al Qahtani, the official spokesman for the National Meteorological Center.

Al Qahtani said that the significant shift in seasonal timing is due to the Islamic lunar calendar, which causes the Hajj dates to move backward approximately 10 days each year.

This change will provide relief from the extreme heat experienced during the pilgrimage, with this year’s temperatures ranging between 45 to 47 degrees Celsius.

The upcoming change promises milder weather conditions for one of the largest annual religious gatherings in the world, improving the experience for millions of pilgrims.

During this year’s summer Hajj, there were significant health concerns due to the extreme heat. In just one day, there were 2,764 cases of heat exhaustion and sunstroke reported, largely due to pilgrims not following health and safety instructions.

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