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Ramadan fasting days to be longest, hottest in many parts of the world
Tuesday June 10, 2014 11:11 AM, & Agencies

Ramadan is just around three weeks ahead and many parts of the world including the Indian sub-continent and the Arab world, the holy days will be longes and hottest, according to a global Ramadan fasting map released by the Abu Dhabi-based International Astronomy Centre.

Ramadan Fasting Days

While those fasting in Germany and France will have to refrain from food for over 20 and 19 hours respectively, those fasting in many Arab countries and the Indian sub-continent will be without food for as long as 15 and 14.5 hours.

But, in the southern hemisphere, where winter has started, the fasting day is as short as 10 hours while in the northern hemisphere, it is as long as 20 hours.

The global Ramadan fasting map showed the average fasting hours during Ramadan, which starts towards the end of June, are as long as 15 hours in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait.

In Saudi Arabia and south Yemen, they are around 14 hours while in Iraq, Syria and nearby countries they are between 15.5 and16 hours.

In India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka the fasting hours will vary from as short as 14 to as long as 14.5 hours.

Although they are among the longest fasting hours in history, they remained far below the average fasting hours in the northern hemisphere, according to the report.

It put them at about 17 hours in Turkey, 18 hours in north Italy, 19 hours in central France, and nearly 20 hours in south Germany.

In the opposite part of earth, in Chile, the average fasting hours in Ramadan are as short as 10 hours.

Meanwhile, astronomer and meteorologist Dr Saleh Al-Ojairi of Kuwait said "The month of Ramadan this year will be the hottest and will have the longest days".

He said Al-Bawareh winds and sand will appear in the first week of June. He said that the average temperature in Kuwait has not changed and the rise in temperatures in the past few days was normal.

He said the reason for temperatures reaching 50 in the shade is due to the Zagros Mountains in Iran.

Ojairi said scattered rain follows the sarrayat which start from the first week of April, but this year, things are quiet.

Ojairi said the start of June will mark the appearance of Al-Bawareh winds which will last for 40 days.

The winds originate from northern India, pass over the Caspian Sea and the salt desert north of Iran, then over the Mediterranean, which blocks them, so they return back after passing over the vast desert between Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iraq. They reach Kuwait loaded with sand, Ojairi added.

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