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Extreme UAE weather tests nerves during Ramadan

Mercury jumps to 50 degrees Celsius in some areas, making fasting difficult

  • By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 15:47 July 22, 2012
  • Gulf News

Hot and hazy weather in the UAE
  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News
  • Forecasters had predicted extremely hot weather in the first ten days of Ramadan all over the Arabian Peninsula.

Al Ain: The weather has not been kind to people fasting during Ramadan. The temperature in some desert areas shot up to 50 degrees Celsius in the first few days of the month.

People are avoiding outdoor activities given the tough conditions.

In towns such Al Ain, Suwaihan and Umm Al Zumol, forecasters have reported temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius and above. Even Abu Dhabi city saw the temperature rising to 47 degrees Celsius.

Conditions are also tough in Dubai, Sharjah, and coastal cities, including Fujairah. The maximum temperature shot up to 44 degrees Celsius in Dubai, 43C in Sharjah, and 47C in Al Ain.

The high humidity has only made the heat worse.

The seasonal monsoon influence has been affecting parts of the UAE and light to moderate rain has been reported in the last two days.

People were surprised by sudden rain in Zakhir district of Al Ain, Liwa, and Bu Hamra areas on Saturday evening.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has continuously been reporting the probability of towering clouds over the eastern, mountainous, and some southern areas.

The light and mostly scattered rain has, however, not been giving any relief to the residents. Instead, it increases the level of humidity.

Forecasters had indicated extremely hot weather in the first 10 days of Ramadan all over the Arabian Peninsula, including the UAE.

Humidity can become extremely high at times producing severe stress on the human body. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity can make atmospheric conditions distressing.

According to the NCMS, the weather will continue to be hot and hazy in the next 24 hours with clouds in the eastern areas by afternoon.

Easterly and south-easterly winds will be blowing at moderately rough speeds in general but could gain more speed at times.

This could lead to dust and sand blowing in the internal areas.

Easterly and sough-easterly winds are likely to be replaced by north-westerly winds in the afternoon in the coastal areas that could raise the humidity level.

The sea will be slight to moderately rough in general.

Comments (3)

Share your views.
  1. Added 16:44 July 23, 2012

    This heat is just too unbearable. And to fast during the long summer hours requires a great deal of patience and strength.

    Rinsha Rafeeque, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:32 July 23, 2012

    This is the hottest summer that i have seen in past 12 years Absolutely terrible and inhumane living condition. Advice to be Indoors specially who are fasting.

    Tariq, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:23 July 23, 2012

    its a great torture for all muslims. may allah bless all.

    noura, SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates

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