Increasing respiratory disorders in the UAE are growing more common in hotter months because the body’s internal thermostat finds it difficult to regulate the drastic change in temperatures. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/ Gulf News

Dubai: On Wednesday, the UAE reached 51.5 degrees Celsius in the area over Mezeira near Liwa, Abu Dhabi.

The hot and hazy weather will continue as maximum temperatures reach slightly over 50C.  

According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), the temperature reached 51.4C in Saih Al Salem, 50.6C in Al Shawamekh, 50.3C in Suweihan and 50.1C in Al Ajban. 

Over the next few days, residents can expect scorching temperatures of 46C - 49C in coastal and internal areas with humidity levels of 80 per cent. 

In its daily weather forecast, the NCM warned of hot and hazy weather on Thursday, while the eastern region will cool down slightly with convective clouds expected to form by the afternoon.

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Dust and sand is expected to blow across the nation, with humidity expected to rise by Friday night and on Saturday early morning, which may reduce visibility over the UAE’s roads. 

The sea will be moderate and calm in the Arabian Gulf and in the Oman Sea.

How to protect yourself from summer heat

1. Do not stay in or leave anyone in closed, parked cars during hot weather, especially children or pets. 

2. Do not exercise vigorously during the hottest times of the day. Instead, run, jog, or exercise in the cooler part of the day.

3. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made from materials, such as cotton, so sweat can evaporate. Do not forget to protect yourself from the sun either with a hat or an umbrella.

4. Drink lots of liquids to replace the fluids you lose from sweating. Do not wait until you feel like you need a drink. When exercising, take small sips of liquid rather than large drinks. Water is the best drink to replace lost fluids.

5. Do not drink beverages with caffeine as they speed up fluid loss. 

6. Some people perspire more than others do.  Those who do should drink as much fluid as they can during hot, humid days.  

Source: American Red Cross