Hajj in Summer – Things you need to know

Saudi Arabia, the country marks its presence in the globe as an Islamic country. The country witnesses millions of people across the world for Umrah and Hajj. Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam and people try their best to perform Hajj at least once in their lifetime.

During this time, you will find the most number of people in the city of Mecca. Saudi Arabia, as such, is the land of sand and has rough hot weather. This year and next year, Hajj is expected to be performed in August 2020 and July in 2021, respectively.

The summers in Mecca are scorching, and especially people from the western world would find it challenging to deal with the weather. The temperature in July/August is expected to be approx50°C/122°F in August. There will be a regular sandstorm threat.

The large crowds and the hot weather of Mecca can make you fall sick. The chances of heat strokes are high, mainly when rituals are being performed in the middle of the day. Start the Hajj process as early as possible to escape the hotness during the day.

Here we provide you some tips to beat the heat during your Hajj in summer:

  • Umbrellas: It is the simple and readily available tool that protects you from direct sunlight and prevents sunburns to an extent.
  • Rest: There will be lots of walking required while performing Hajj, try to take small halts between the rituals to perform Hajj without many efforts. Shortstops will give you the energy to continue the journey with the same enthusiasm and zeal.
  • Moisturizing your skin: Apply generous amounts of natural moisturizers like coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, etc., all over your body to prevent sunburn and dry skin. While performing sa’ay and tawaf, the sun will become bright and can affect your skin. So, take appropriate precautions.
  • Stay Hydrated: Extreme hot weather makes you thirsty. Drink lots of water, Zamzam water is readily available you can drink lots of it. Avoid eating and drinking items, which makes you thirstier.
  • Your Carry Bag: The bag should contain water, a jacket in case of wind and sandstorms, and a blanket in case you intend to spend the night in Mecca.
  • Clothing: Try to wear light color clothes during your visit to Saudi Arabia this summer.
  • Women have to wear Abaya or decent dressing as advised in Islam mandatorily. The attire for both men and women should strictly be as per Islam.