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Gulf awaits ‘Star of Suhail’ to signal end of summer heat

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Many in the Arabian Gulf are waiting for the appearance of a star named Suhail which would signal the beginning of the end of summer.

Suhail is a giant star which is larger than the Sun. It is 27 million years old, and 310 light years away from Earth.

In the past, there was an accredited calendar in the Arabian Peninsula called the Suhaila Year, which begins on August 24 each year.

Temperatures will begin to fall from this date, because of the Earth's distance from the sun, after hitting highs of 50 degrees Celsius in recent weeks in some parts of the region.