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UAE temperatures shoot beyond 50 degrees Celsius

People are advised to refrain from outdoor activities as mercury rises

  • By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 16:00 July 9, 2013
  • Gulf News

Al Ain: The temperature shot up to beyond 50 degrees Celsius on Tuesday in some parts of the country, forcing people to take refuge in air-conditioned environments after midday.

The sizzling temperatures are expected to continue with hot, hazy and humid conditions, particularly in coastal areas, on Wednesday — the first day of Ramadan.

“Field workers, children who play outdoor games and those fasting need to take a great deal of care,” said a meteorologist.

A prolonged stay outdoors, even in the shade, could be dangerous, he warned.

Umm Al Zumool, a town in the south-west of Al Ain, was the hottest place in the UAE on Tuesday with a temperature of 50.9 C, according to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).

Conditions were not very different elsewhere. At around 1pm on Tuesday the temperature was 49.1C in Falaj Al Mulla, 48.5C in Al Ain, 48.3C in Dubai, 47C in Ras Al Khaimah, 45C in Umm Al Quwain and 44C in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

July and August are considered the two toughest months in the UAE when the heat, coupled with the high humidity, increases discomfort. Over the past few days the maximum humidity has been in the range of 60 to 80 per cent in most coastal areas.

“No immediate change in the current weather conditions is expected, at least for the next couple of days,” said a forecaster.

Humidity levels are also expected to increase at night and early in the morning, he said.

Daytime conditions, according to the NCMS, will remain hot to very hot, hazy and partly cloudy at time with some towering clouds over mountain areas in the next 48 hours. The wind speed is likely to be 20 to 30km/h but it may get stronger at times in some areas.

Comments (23)

  1. Added 14:59 July 10, 2013

    felt like fainting when I walked 3 Kms at 5PM, its after long time I walked to the Metro as my car was in garage.

    vinod, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:56 July 10, 2013

    why is no holiday being declared with such temperatures. Other countries do announce holdays for cyclones and storms etc. Pity those who have to be out due to their work just because its a part of their job and they have no one to complain to.....

    Mariam Murtuza, Dubai, India

  3. Added 14:35 July 10, 2013

    To those whose nature of work is mostly outdoor, may the Almighty God brace you with physical strength and endurance as you do your work while fasting..

    Helen, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:14 July 10, 2013

    Isnt it a declared holiday if the temperature shoots 50 deg and above?

    sheeba, rak, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:26 July 10, 2013

    my car showed 47 C even at 4:30 pm near mamzar area... this summer is turning out to be exceptionally hot...

    fahad, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:23 July 10, 2013

    At 2:00 pm, it was showing 47 degrees during my 30 minutes drive from Tecom to Al Garhoud. And at 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm, it was showing 41 degrees!! Even my 50% car tint doesn't help much during the day... It's getting hotter every year ... can't imagine the whether after some 10 years!!

    Zulfy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:38 July 10, 2013

    My Car was showing 51 degrees when i went out for lunch at 2pm in Dubai Investment Park and i am noticing i got itching cheeks from yesterday. God bless to the workers working out in scorching heat.

    Asma Sid, Duba, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 09:48 July 10, 2013

    The weather in Dibba was ok. The temprature recorded in my car was 41, which is ok comparing to other cities. God bless the UAE

    Aziz Khan, Dibba, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 09:48 July 10, 2013

    Even for night Time we fell at 41*c around 11 PM with hot winds

    Ghalib Zakir, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 09:07 July 10, 2013

    Yesterday when I was driving to Arabian Ranches on Emirates Road, it was showing 50.0 C on my car at around 4:45 PM.

    AM, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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