Dubai: High temperatures and humidity continue to dominate the UAE’s inland desert areas approaching high 40s Celsius in coming days, says the national weather bureau in Abu Dhabi.
Temps inland are forecast as high as 49 Celsius as unrelenting heat arrives shortly before the official start of summer on June 21.
“The heat is here now because it is summer. The high heat will be mostly inland. The border with Saudi Arabia will be 48 Celsius to 49 Celsius, in the next few days,” a bureau spokesperson told Gulf News on Sunday.
“On the coast, it will be slightly cooler with temperatures of 41 Celsius or 42 Celsius over the next three to five days,” he said.
The forecast comes after word from the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology that inland temperatures peaked above 50 Celsius on Saturday when the UAE almost reached 51 degrees Celsius in the area over Mezaira near Liwa, Abu Dhabi.
“The highest temperature recorded over the country today was 50.5 Celsius in Mezaira, Abu Dhabi,” the bureau reported on Saturday.
On Sunday, forecasters said temperatures were expected to go as high as 47 Celsius along UAE coastal areas with humidity levels up to 90 per cent while desert temperatures were expected to rise up to 49 Celsius inland with humidity up to 80 per cent.
The good news, said the weather centre, is that light breezes were expected to buffet the country’s coastal and inland areas through to Monday morning and beyond
The weather forecast for the next couple of days is expected to be “hot in general and hazy at times. Some clouds may form eastward. Light to moderate winds in general, freshening at times, may cause blowing dust, sand over open areas,” the bureau reported.
“The relative humidity will increase by night and early morning over some coastal areas. The sea will be moderate,
rough at times, in the Arabian Gulf and in Oman Sea,” said the weather bureau.