If the heat doesn’t get you, the humidity will.
Temperatures in the UAE will reach an unforgiving high of 49°C today in parts of the country even as excessive humidity – up to a very uncomfortable 90 per cent – will force you to sweat it out.
Just about a day or so before the onset of the Holy month of Ramadan, mercury is set to scale a new seasonal high this summer so far, with temperatures set to soar just one degree shy of the dreaded 50°C-mark.
According to the weatherman at the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), weather today will remain hot and hazy during the day while eastern and southern areas of the country may see a partial cloud cover by afternoon.
Internal areas of the country may see temperatures soar to a scorching 49°C and coastal areas could see a high of 47°C while the UAE’s mountainous regions will be relatively moderate at 38°C, according to the NCMS forecast.
“Winds will be light to moderate in general, freshening at times causing blowing dust/sand over the internal areas,” the NCMS forecast adds. “Sea will be slight to moderate in general,” it says.
The UAE is already experiencing a harsh summer, with the month of May being one of the hottest on record in more than a decade. With July temperatures inching towards the dreaded 50°C-mark, experts are warning of a rather hot month of fasting ahead, and are advising caution.
The weather is expected to remain extreme, with temperatures set to beat the 50-degree-mark in coming days.
The length of the day – between sunrise and sunset – when Muslims across the country and the world will observe a strict fast for the next 30 days, is expected to be close to 15 hours in the UAE, especially in the beginning.
Islamic scholars have said that the daily period of fasting will range between 14 hours and 50 minutes in the first weeks of Ramadan, to 14 hours and 20 minutes towards the end of the holy month.
As reported earlier by Emirates 24/7, Ashraf Nour Al Haq, Head of the Calendar Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai, maintains that heat will be most intense in the internal areas of the country.
“The period of fasting during the second 10 days of Ramadan, which is predicted to be July 30 to August 8, will be ranged between 14.41 hours and 14.30 hours,” Al Haq said, adding, “The duration of fasting during the last 10 days of the holy month, which is anticipated between August 9 and August 18 will be between 14.30 hours and 14.20 hours.
Al Haq stressed that people should avoid fatty food and heavy meals and they should break their iftar with dates and light food. He also recommended avoiding soft drinks and spicy food.