Dubai: It’s not the heat. It’s the humidity.
The dampness and moisture in the air reached its peak on Tuesday, with humidity in the UAE reaching 100 per cent.
The Abu Dhabi-based National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) recorded the sweat-inducing conditions at Margham in the emirate of Dubai and Ashaab in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
A map of the UAE indicating 100% humidity in Margham. Courtesy: NCM
NCM officials warned motorists driving in the early morning near Al Minhad and Al Ain Airport to be aware of reduced road visibility due to the high level of fog and humidity.
Over the next few days, the NCM said the weather until Thursday will remain hot and hazy with maximum temperatures to reach 38C - 43C in coastal areas, 41C - 46C in internal areas and 32C - 37C in the mountain region.
The level of humidity across the country will be up to 90 per cent in coastal areas, 85 per cent in internal areas and 65 per cent in the mountain region.
The high humidity will bring about fog and mist at night and in the early morning, with northwesterly to southwesterly winds at a speed of 20 - 30 km/h, reaching 40 km/h at times.
Dust and sand is also expected to blow over exposed areas.
By Friday, August 17, the NCM said the weather will be “humid by morning and hot during the daytime with an increase in temperature,” although some clouds will appear eastwards by the afternoon.
The sea will continue with calm to moderate waves in the Arabian Gulf and in the Oman Sea.