Ramadan likely to start on June 18, Eid to fall on July 17 – Astronomers

Fasting hours are anticipated to stretch for up to 15 hours and 15 minutes at the beginning of the holy month.

The holy month of Ramadan is likely to begin from Thursday June 18, according to astronomical calculations made by the Sharjah Planetarium.

Ibrahim Al Jarwan, general supervisor at the planetarium also predicted that Eid al-Fitr (the first day of Shawwal) will fall on Friday July 17, official news agency WAM reported.

He also forecast long fasting hours this year.

“The daylight hours at the beginning of the month of Ramadan will be 13 hours and 45 minutes while the fasting period will be as long as 15 hours and 15 minutes.

“Towards the end of the holy month of Ramadan, daylight hours will be 13 hours and 35 minutes, and the fasting period will be 15 hours and five minutes,” he said.

Al Jarwan added that temperatures during the months of June and July are anticipated to range between 41 degree celsius in the day and 26 degree celsius at night.

Average humidity is slated to be between 34 and 82 per cent.