According to Astronomer Dr. Saleh Al-Ojairi, the weather will be mildly pleasant with temperatures dropping in the coming days, and hence, the temperatures in September will remain below 45 degrees Celsius.
He mentioned that the appearance of the Suhail star over the Arab Peninsula will happen on 24 August.
He predicted that compared to last year, Kuwait residents can expect moderate rainfall, and winter weather will fall in mid-November.
The second major astronomical sighting after Ramadan and Hajj Season is the lookout for the Suhail Star which emerges from the South of the Arabian Peninsula (Yemen) and signals the end of the harsh summer. Suhail was the desert riders companion and guidance and is still referred to in most poems to its brightness and beauty
With the Star known across Arabia as ‘Suhail’ ascending to look down the Arabian Peninsula as of Sunday, 24 August starting from Yemen and rising up north. A new season begins on August 24, while the star can be viewed in Kuwait by the 30 August, and that is when the season starts here .
The heat is expected to subside in the next few days into September. The star ‘Suhail’ is believed to be a turning point in this shift, from the scorching summer heat to slightly cooler temperatures.
By the end of August every year, the star appears in the sky and many marks its presence as a relief from the blistering sun and advent of tolerable weather.
The people of Arabia await this event with great anticipation, as the rise of the star means an improvement in the weather, cooling in water, lengthening of shadow, and shorter days of scorching heat. The Arabian calendar is lunar, and is made up of 14 seasons starting August 24.
The year on the Arabian calendar had occasionally been called ‘Suhaili year’, as its seasons were marked by rise of stars, most prominently the Suhail.
The Suhail season usually extends over a period of 53 days until the entry of Al-Wasim (the marking) on October 16.
The Arabs had opted for a lunar calendar because it corresponds to change of season when it comes to harvest, winter and summer, and other changes in weather and environmental circumstance.
The star is known as Canopus in English, and is the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina, and the third brightest star in the nighttime sky next to Sirius and the Sun.
The other 13 seasons on this lunar calendar are the Wasim, Merbeaaniyah, Shabat, Aqaarib, Hamim, Theraan, Kanna, Thurayyah, Tawbee, first and second Jawza, Merzam, and Klaibain.
The star has many social and cultural associations for people across the Arabian Peninsula, and was thus considered upon setting thetiming for important events. In Arabian Gulf lore, it was long believed that with the star shining in the sky, divers would be lucky and would find more, better, and bigger pearls.