Dubai: The mercury might peak at high 40s — even at 49C in some places — in the coming days, but residents in coastal areas will be spared, although high relative humidity will contribute to people’s discomfort.
As summer progresses, parts of UAE will once again experience sweltering heat especially in interior regions. Mezaira, a town in Liwa, is expected to have its maximum temperature jump to 49C on Monday and Tuesday while neighbouring areas in the western region like Owtaid will have 47C to 48C till Tuesday, data from the National Centre of Meteorology show.
The mercury will hover in the 43C and 42C range in Dubai on Monday and Tuesday, 46C in Abu Dhabi on the same days, and 44C to 45C in Sharjah. Relative humidity will be more than 80 per cent in Dubai and Sharjah on both days, however.
Fujairah’s maximum temperature will be in the high 30s, reaching 37C, but the general feeling of stickiness will prevail due to a relative humidity of 95 per cent on Monday and 94 per cent on Tuesday.
Temperature peaks between 12pm and 3pm during the day hence residents are advised to stay indoors whenever possible. The country will have plenty of sunshine and clear skies. Winds might kick up dust in exposed areas.
Meanwhile, residents have been advised to take all necessary precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe in the heat. Cars left parked in the sun for long periods could pose dangers to residents, especially if flammable materials are left inside the vehicle.
How to keep cool in summer
In a Gulf News experiment in August last year, two doctors locked in a car parked under the sun showed that it only took 20 minutes for their bodies to heat up to unbearable proportions. These conditions can be lethal for kids and pets.
— Source: Anil Thomas, Al Salama Fire Safety Training