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People shiver in the bitterly cold nights

Health experts advise people to stay warm and avoid open areas to keep illness at bay

  • By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 20:22 January 20, 2013
  • Gulf News

Al Ain:  Weather has brought the season’s coldest nights, especially in the intland desert areas, where temperature has dropped down to around 2 degree Celsius.
Forecasters have warned people to wear warm clothes and avoid staying in desert camps or open places overnight to avoid seasonal ailments.

Similar conditions are expected to continue for the next couple of nights at least.
Clear skies and bright sunshine have, however, added a couple of degrees in the daytime temperature, making it pleasant for outdoor activities.

Health experts have advised people to take hot drinks and avoid ice cream and other cold items as a precaution against flu and the common cold. They said many people have already been suffering from coughs and colds, particularly children. People with asthma should also wear warm clothes and stay away from dusty and windy places.
According to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the coldest place in the country on (Saturday night) was Damsa, a locality some 35km in the west of Al Ain.

The other coldest places in the emirates are Raknah, which recorded 3.5C at night, Hamim (4.2C), Al Wathba (4.9C), and Al Shuweib (5C).

The forecast also indicate a rise in humidity at night and early on Monday morning. This could lead to mist and fog  in some inland areas.

The NCMS said weather will generally be fair on Monday, with partial cloud in the western emirates. Wind will be light to moderate, and sea will also be moderately rough. Tuesday’s weather is also expected to be same.

Comments (6)

  1. Added 14:43 January 21, 2013

    Flu and the common cold are communicable diseases caused by infectious agents and not ice cream and cold drinks

    Anas, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:33 January 21, 2013

    Well, enjoy the cool weather now, summer is fast approaching in the next two months.

    Allan B., Dubai, Philippines

  3. Added 11:55 January 21, 2013

    Problem is not just the temparature. -30C is way too less than 5C, agreed. But with higher level of humidity and less to no air at all, cold weather of 5C could be lethal. Not to forget that this region's highest temperature in an year is almost 50-53C. High of that and low of 5C is crazy.

    Vaidy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:13 January 21, 2013

    Population resides in northern part of the world may find it funny how people froze to their bones in this kind of weather, but wait until they stay outside in the mid-summer season without complaining of the heat. Our body's reaction to the weather depends on our country of residence.

    Keren, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:55 January 21, 2013

    Waiting for this weather for a long time, enjoying it a lot.

    Ejaz, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:21 January 21, 2013

    As I am an expat from Finland this news really makes a smile on my face. At the moment night temperature in Finland is -30 Celsius and people are living normal life and staying healthy! Hence I keep my t-shirt on and don't panick in Dubai

    Paula, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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