LATEST: Residents of UAE woke up to wet weather on Tuesday morning, with different intensities of rainfall recorded in Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah in the early hours.
The UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has said the wet weather will continue into the evening and take us into Wednesday, which will be coupled with poor horizontal visibility with southeasterly winds blowing sand over exposed areas.
The overcast skies are not limited to the UAE alone, with Oman Meteorology also reporting overcast skies and rain in Musandam and Al Buraimi, with low clouds over the southeast and central coast and Al Dhofar regions.
Unstable weather has been sweeping across the Gulf region as Qatar and Bahrain have also been reporting different intensities of rainfall since Monday, with the west coast of Saudi Arabia gripped in a severe sandstorm earlier this week that ground air and road traffic.
The NCMS in UAE has said Tuesday’s weather will remain partly cloudy and hazy, with the cloud amount possibly increasing over the northern, coastal and islands areas.
The weather forecast reads: “Light rain is also expected by night and Wednesday morning. Moderate to fresh southerly and southeasterly winds will blow over most areas, causing some blowing dust and sand with poor visibility at times over the exposed areas.
“The sea will be moderate to rough in the Arabian Gulf and slight to moderate in Oman Sea.”
EARLIER REPORT: Hazy; Low visibility
Summer’s fast approaching as the UAE braces itself for 48 hours of hazy, dusty weather, with the Mercury gradually creeping close to highs of 40 degrees Celsius.
The UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has warned of poor horizontal visibility on Monday and Tuesday, with southeasterly winds blowing sand over exposed areas.
Saudi Arabia finds itself in the grip of a severe sandstorm that brought even ground air traffic to a halt in Jeddah on Sunday, with schools shutting down early and traffic coming to a temporary standstill.
Those suffering from respiratory issues should take note – the NCMS forecasts southeasterly winds across most of the UAE on Monday, with the winds giving rise to dust and sand over open areas.
The weather is expected to become hazy by midday, with a development of clouds over the northern and eastern parts of the country.
The NCMS said the sea will be moderate to rough in the Arabian Gulf and slight to moderate in the Oman Sea.
The system will not let up tomorrow either, with the weatherman predicting hazy to partly cloudy weather in general, with cloud amount increasing over some northern and islands areas, which also may give way to light rain by late night and Wednesday morning.
“Moderate to fresh southerly to southeasterly winds will continue over most areas, causing blowing dust and sand, with low visibility at times over the exposed areas. Sea will be moderate to rough in the Arabian Gulf and slight to moderate in Oman Sea,” says the NCMS.
The highest temperature recorded on Sunday was 36.5 degrees Celsius, with the next few days seeing the Mercury rise to highs of 38 degrees Celsius.