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23 April 2024

Fog Alert: Police raise alarm on low visibility; Al Khail, MBZ Road jams

By Staff

After a period of unstable weather in the UAE, with rains, chill and cloudy skies the residents woke up to a foggy Wednesday morning.

According to a NCMS report, fog is expected over some areas of the Emirates with cloud cover at times.

Read: Traffic jams on Al Khail, MBZ Road

Abu Dhabi Police alerted motorists in an early morning tweet: “Low visibility due to fog formation in different parts of Abu Dhabi and highways. Motorists are urged to take extra caution.”

Of late, there has been tragic fog-triggered accidents reported in the emirates.

On Tuesday morning, at least three cars were ablaze on Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway near Al Raha Beach exit. [Click here to watch the video]

While last week, around 14 people were injured in an accident involving 57 cars on Abu Dhabi-Al Ain road. Low visibility due to dense fog was blamed for the incident. [Read: 14 hurt in 57-car fog pile-up]

Meanwhile, earlier in the week the Traffic and Patrols Directorate at Abu Dhabi Police had issued a rule stating that trucks and large vehicles are forbidden to drive on internal and external roads during fog, saying they can only continue their trips after clear visibility returns.

Lt. Colonel Jamal Salem Al Ameri, Head, Public Relations Section, Traffic and Patrols Directorate, Abu Dhabi Police, said, “Trucks weighing 2.5 tonnes or more are not allowed to enter Abu Dhabi City during foggy weather conditions and peak traffic hours - between 7.30am-9.30am and 1pm-3pm.

Relative humidity is also expected to increase during the night and early morning hours with the chance of fog formation, reports the weather bureau.

The minimum temperatures in mountainous areas is forecast to dip to 4degree centigrade, while internal areas will experience 8 degree C with a maximum of 24 degree C.