The sun is burning, at least until it sets at half past five in the afternoon.

But it's cold in Qatar.

In some corners even freezing cold.

At least when the ubiquitous polar air finds a favorable way, when it crawls under clothing and allies itself with a pathogen that is familiar to experienced World Cup visitors from Brazil or Russia: the tournament cold.

The icy wind blows from hidden ventilation slots, from huge machines that are standing around somewhere, from walls, ceilings, from many directions.

The atmosphere in hotel rooms is like that of a gigantic refrigerator, and the roar of the cooling systems is omnipresent.

A northern European winter breeze flows through shops, bars and restaurants.

At 31 degrees in the shade, which the meteorologists measure.

That's luxury here, and anyone who doesn't have a thick sweater with them is sympathetically smiled at.

On average, Qataris blow the inglorious world record amount of more than 30 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere every year, around four times as much as every German.

In order to finally freeze properly, from now on also in the open air.

The fans cooling the stadiums are so powerful that FIFA's official Media Guide strongly recommends that photographers and reporters bring a hat and windbreaker to protect themselves from the cold.

Winter World Cup just, only mulled wine is not served.