After the cyclone, UAE wakes up to earthquake rumours

Schools to function as normal as Met Dept forecasts milder weather with winds dying down

In a statement issued on Sunday, the NCMS warned against unofficial predictions spreading through text messages and social networking websites, and urged citizens and residents in the UAE to get weather information only from authorised and reliable sources.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has cautioned public against believing rumors of an earthquake in the northern parts of the UAE.

The NCMS forecast for this morning till 9am read: partly cloudy weather in general and cloudy at times over the northern and the eastern areas, with another fall in the day temperatures over most areas.

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The northwesterly wind will decrease gradually, becoming moderate in general, freshening at times over the sea.

The relative humidity is likely to increase over some internal and coastal areas during night and and morning, with a chance of mist/fog over those areas.

On Sunday the dusty, hazy and near-zero-visibility weather has sent social networks into a storm of rumours and scaremongering, even as by Sunday evening the massive sandstrom had lost a lot of its velocity.

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As the evening approached, the winds died down appreciably letting residents breathe a sigh of relief.

But Global Village remained closed today due to bad weather.

Traffic continued to remain terribly slow on most roads in and around Dubai and Sharjah.

The weather conditions also forced some school sin Dubai to remain closed on Sunday.

Click here to read: 80kmph winds drive Dubai crazy

JSS International School officials said the school will remain closed for one day. It appears that Monday will be a school day for most children.

Many parents opted to keep their kids at home.

"I did not send my kids to the school today, because it is really bad weather. I don’t want to take a risk," said Amar K, parent of an Indian school in Sharjah.

Schools that were running as normal cut out all outdoor activities for the day. In Sharjah, Delhi Private School all outdoor activities were cancelled.

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