It’s been a long day – you’ll be forgiven for saying that today. For, it is indeed the longest day of the year in the UAE, a phenomenon known as the summer solstice.
All emirates in the UAE will experience daytimes of almost 14 hours today and tomorrow. June 20 and 21 are the longest days for UAE residents, with daytime tomorrow in fact being longer by one second than today in some emirates of the UAE, and exactly the same in the others.
Ras Al Khaimah will witness the longest day among all UAE emirates, with sunshine lasting for 13 hours, 45 minutes, and 4 seconds today (June 20) and 13 hours, 45 minutes, and 5 seconds tomorrow (June 21). That’s a lot of sun to soak.
Among the UAE’s emirates, the shortest (relatively speaking) daytime will be recorded in Abu Dhabi, with the length of the day expected to clock 13 hours, 39 minutes, and 11 seconds both today and tomorrow, according to timeanddate.com.
“Temperatures today and tomorrow will remain stable,” the weatherman at the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) told Emirates 24|7. “We expect temperatures to hit a high between 47°C and 48°C in some internal areas,” he added.
Rubbishing rumours of mercury soaring to 60°C and 70°C soon, the weatherman just laughed while saying: “These are not true – it is unheard of.” When asked if temperatures could rise to 50°C, he agreed that that was a possibility and that we might see mercury rising to that level in the months ahead.
“But not 60°C please,” he chuckled. “Those are just rumours – don’t believe them one bit,” he suggested.
Nevertheless, this is how long you can expect the sun to be out today and tomorrow, according to timeanddate.com:
Ras Al Khaimah
June 20: 13 hours, 45 minutes, 04 seconds
June 21: 13 hours, 45 minutes, 05 seconds
Umm Al Quwain
June 20: 13 hours, 43 minutes, 59 seconds
June 21: 13 hours, 43 minutes, 59 seconds
June 20: 13 hours, 43 minutes, 24 seconds
June 21: 13 hours, 43 minutes, 24 seconds
June 20: 13 hours, 43 minutes, 13 seconds
June 21: 13 hours, 43 minutes, 14 seconds
June 20: 13 hours, 42 minutes, 46 seconds
June 21: 13 hours, 42 minutes, 46 seconds
June 20: 13 hours, 39 minutes, 11 seconds
June 21: 13 hours, 39 minutes, 11 seconds