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Hot and hazy weather to prevail in UAE

Spells of rain and thunderstorms forecast for eastern and western region

  • By Janice Ponce de Leon, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 18:17 August 5, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News
  • A dust haze envelops the National Paints area in Sharjah. Weather forecasters have sought to alert the public about chances of squally conditions and reduced horizontal visibility.

Dubai: More than two weeks through the Holy Month of Ramadan, the weather continues to give people who are fasting a tough time with temperatures rising and humidity hovering in the range of 95 per cent in some areas.

According to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the weather remains hot in general and is expected to become hotter still in some areas with hazy conditions prevailing during daytime.

The hottest temperature recorded on Sunday was 48.8 degree celsius in Museira in the southwestern part of the UAE. The northern coast, northern internal regions and southeastern region witnessed temperatures of up to 47 degree celsius. Mountainous areas and the eastern coast received some respite with temperatures dropping by one degree celsius.

Weather forecasters said that the months of July and August usually see average temperatures in the region of 47-48. Similar temperatures will prevail for the next two weeks, with a potential drop of two degrees. This, however, will not have a significant effect on the weather.

Occasional spells of rain and thunderstorms may occur in the eastern and western regions as convective clouds may accumulate in the area.

Winds patterns will be moderate in general but the NCMS has sought to alert the public about chances of squally conditions that could reduce horizontal visibility to less than 1,000 metres. Visibility dropped by 2,500 metres in Dubai yesterday. Sharjah Airport recorded a 1,400 metre-drop in visibility as well. Similar conditions are expected for the next two days at least.

There is a chance of the sea getting rough further from the coast.

Quick facts

Water deprivation is the biggest health worry during hot weather. But when a person fasts, it becomes more difficult for the body to cope. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables in the evening or during suhour will help as water gets retained in the system for longer. Avoid driking diuretics or drinks that can induce one to urinate such as softdrinks, sweetened drinks, tea, and coffee. Avoid staying under the sun for a long period as the body will sweat to regulate the body temperature thereby reducing your body fluids. Drink enough water at night to replenish the body fluids

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