UAE cool to Mideast heat-wave; rain watch latest [video]

Fog near Abu Dhabi Airport Road. Image courtesy Emirates 24|7 Reader John Rajan Poulose

Considering temperatures in the Middle East have been on a record high, with parts of Iraq reportedly touching highs of 70 degree Celsius, it will be relieving to know that the UAE has had no 'direct effect'.
Talking to 'Emirates24|7', an official from UAE’s weather bureau explained it’s due to the topography of the UAE that the impact is not as severe.
“The ‘Indian Monsoon low pressure', which extends from India (as the name suggests), is responsible for the characteristic peak in temperature recorded in Iraq and Iran.

UAE, however, does not face any direct impact due to its position,” he added.

This video taken on the way to Al Ain shows the weather conditions following heavy rain in that region.

“The high temperatures we are experiencing now are characteristic of this season.

“There has been no marked change from what we had experienced last year.”
The National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has recorded highs of 43-48 degrees Celsius.
In fact, he added that the worst is over, and the low-pressure belt has 'moved towards the Northern region'.

Rain still on forecast

NCMS has issued warnings against 'thundering rain' in southeastern parts.

UAE weather bureau’s official twitter handle at 2.30pm on Tuesday warned "against convective clouds formation, associated with thundering rain".

"Strong winds causing blowing dust and poor visibility less than 1,000m at times over some southeastern areas."

Inlands of Dubai and Abu Dhabi will remain dry. "There’s a possibility that the rain clouds could move away from the mountains but towards the desert," an official from NCMS told 'Emirates24|7'.

The NCMS forecast for Tuesday reads,"Partly cloudy and hazy to cloudy at times over some areas. The amount of clouds will increase by afternoon over eastern and southern areas with some convective clouds, associated with some rainfall.

"Moderate winds in general, freshening at times causing blowing dust and poor visibility, relative humidity will increase by night and early morning over some western areas.

 "Slight to moderate waves in the Arabian Gulf, and moderate to rough at times in Oman Sea."


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