Temperatures are expected to drop significantly in most parts of the country late Friday, resulting in a very cold night indeed.
Weather in the UAE this Friday will be influenced by the mass of cold air over Iran extending to the south of Iraq and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Almost exactly three years ago, on the night of January 24-25, 2009, snow had actually fallen on the Jabal Jais in Ras Al Khaimah, when temperatures had dropped to below zero.
Although limited snowfall had been recorded on the mountain some years ago, it was the first time the peak of the mountain was fully covered in about 20cm of snow.
The Jais Mountain, which stands at about 1,900m above sea level, is located 25km north-east of the Ras Al Khaimah city.
According to the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology, `northern winds could cause 10-feet high waves in Gulf waters, with increased turbulence in the sea at night.
Strong northwesterly dust-laden winds could cause low visibility from southern Iraq downwards over the Arabian Gulf and could reduce visibility in the western areas of the country.
Friday’s weather is likely to be similar to Thursday’s, with a relatively warm day followed by a cold night. The sky in the north and east will be partly cloudy at times during the day.
Light fog may be seen in the southern areas of the interior in the early morning. The sea is expected to be rough.
There are chances for some scattered rain as a result of the deepening mass of cold air in the upper layers of the atmosphere. Low clouds can be expected in the northern areas with the chance of some light scattered rain there.
Temperatures are expected to drop significantly in the coming days.
The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology has urged motorists to be cautious on the roads because of low visibility due to the dust winds and also advised asthma patients to avoid exposure to the dust.
The centre has also warned the public against venturing out into the sea on Friday because of the disturbed state of the sea which is expected to continue for two more days.
People have also been advised to avoid exposure to cold winds expected after Friday evening.