People walk by covering their face due to the bad weather conditions in Sharjah and other Emirates. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/ Gulf News


  • Blowing dust, poor road visibility could affect motorists across the UAE
  • Fall in temperature to continue on Wednesday, to rise slightly by Saturday
  • Sea will be rough with northwesterly winds of up to 60 km/h

Dubai: Bouts of sand and dust clouds are expected to hit the UAE over the next two days, from Wednesday to Thursday, accompanied with a significant drop in temperature.

In its daily weather forecast, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) warned seafarers of rough sea conditions in the Arabian Gulf as a result of ongoing moderate to strong northwesterly winds, which is expected to peak at 60 km/h.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the NCM said that wave heights are expected to range from six to eight feet at times, reaching 10 feet offshore until 4pm.

“The weather will remain dusty, and partly cloudy to cloudy at times [while] temperatures will significantly drop in most areas,” said the NCM.

The fall in temperature will continue on Wednesday before rising slightly by Saturday morning.

Minimum temperatures are expected to range from 20-23 °C with highs of 28-31 °C in coastal areas, while the mountain areas will have a minimum temperature of 17 °C and highs of 27 °C.

In internal areas, the temperature will reach a maximum of 31-38 °C with lows of 19-24 °C.

Motorists will be affected with poor visibility on the roads as sand and dust will blow across the UAE until Thursday, affecting exposed areas.

However, the strong winds are expected to die out in the weekend and bringer calmer waters to the Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea.

“On Friday, relative humidity increases during the night and early morning over some northern areas, with a chance of mist formation,” added the NCM.

On Wednesday, the weather bureau located the top five coldest spot in the UAE, which included Al Far Far at 13.1 °C, Raknah at 13.4 °C, Al Heben mountain at 14.2 °C, Damtha at 15.1 °C and Mebreh mountain at 15.7 °C.