'Dangerous weather' for camping, warns UAE weather bureau

NCMS issued a warning for seasonal campers, looking to head up to high altitude areas such as Jabal Jais to proceed with caution, especially on Friday evening. (Ashok Verma)

The weather across the UAE could take a turn for the worse, as a Mediterranean depression blows east, carrying with it high winds, rough seas and possible rain showers for the weekend.

The country’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has also warned the fog, which has been plaguing commuters and air travellers alike this past week, will continue through the weekend in scattered parts.

Speaking to Emirates 24|7, a spokesperson for the NCMS issued a warning for seasonal campers, looking to head up to high altitude areas such as Jabal Jais to proceed with caution, especially on Friday evening.

The spokesperson explained: “This is dangerous weather for camping conditions, as the weather is quite unpredictable over the next few days with the Mediterranean weather blowing a depression eastwards, which hit the Gulf Thursday.”

The same weather pattern has already brought thunderstorms and ice rain to parts of Lebanon, Syria and the Levant region, followed by rain showers in northern Saudi Arabia.

 “We could experience rain also over the weekend, but what campers and residents should be vary of are the high winds, which could go up to 30 knots per hour,” the spokesperson added. “This is particularly dangerous if you are at a high altitude.”

The high winds will also bring unpredictability to the high seas, with the NCMS issuing a marine warning for fishermen and those heading out into the deep waters, warning of rough seas until Monday next week.

The spokesperson added: “We are looking at medium to high waves that could range between six and 10 feet, which would continue for five days, until Monday next week.”

The marine warning is in place for the Arabian Gulf and the Oman Sea.

Meanwhile, temperatures, which fell to 6.1 degrees Celsius in Damsa on Tuesday, will gradually rise over the weekend, despite the winds and rain, while the humidity levels fluctuating will also blow in the fog over scattered parts of the country late at night and early morning.

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