• O.G. Wright

Blowing dust in UAE to continue in the next few days

Residents woke up to an unstable weather again today, this time with aggressive wind with particles of dust.

The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) posted on Twitter a message advising residents of UAE to take take extra precaution on roads and to prevent exposure to dust mainly for people who suffer from asthma and allergies.

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"Dusty in general, partly cloudy at times, with further rise in temperatures. Moderate to fresh winds in general, becoming strong at times, with suspended and blowing dust/sand with poor horizontal visibility over most areas. Moderate to rough sea in the Arabian Gulf and in Oman sea," the forecast today read.

Meanwhile, a weather forecaster told gulfnews.com explained the weather condition the UAE is having is called Shammal season, which is when north-northwesterly wind blows across the country.

“The shammal is used to describe north-northwesterly winds that causes rough sea and blows dust over coastal and internal areas. The shammal winds are coming from Saudi Arabia, which brings the dust into the UAE. We cannot say for certain how long these winds will last because it depends on the pressure front and a number of other factors,” said the weather forecaster. 

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The weather will remain hot and hazy in general until Tuesday.

Minimum temperatures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi reached the low 30s, as the NCM recorded Abu Dhabi International Airport at 34C, Jumeirah at 34.7C, and Ajman at 32.8C.   

The top five lowest temperatures from midnight to 8am included Jebel Jais at 22.5C, Jebel Mebreh at 24.3C, Al Qor at 25.6C, al FarFar at 26C and Hatta at 26.8C. 


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