UAE winter is here: Chilly, sunny weekend
The chilly weather witnessed this week in the UAE will continue over the weekend, according to the National Center of Meteology and Seismology's (NCMS) forecast.
However, residents across the country do not have to shy away from spending their free time under the sky, as clear skies has been predicted in most areas.
Whereas clouds were witnessed in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah on Thursday, these clouds will make way for a clear sky with a ray of sunshine coming through in the east.
In Dubai and Abu Dhabi alike the weather forecast sounds 'mostly sunny' for both days of the weekend.
Nevertheless, temperatures across the country will hover between 14-26 degrees, with the lowest temperature of 8 degrees predicted in Jais Mountain.
Humidity levels are relatively low in Dubai, where they are expected to be between 38-68 per cent.
In other coastal towns, humidity will be felt a little more as it can reach up to 75 per cent
Thursday Weather: UAE hits @ 6.5 deg C this morning; rain today
The chilly climes may continue into the weekend, with the lowest temperature recorded over the country on Thursday morning hitting lows of 6.5 degrees Celsius.
The UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said the temperature was recorded in Damsa at 6.45am.
The NCMS has further forecasted light rainfall for Thursday afternoon and evening in parts of the country, with the relative humidity increasing in the night to give way to mist and fog on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, temperatures continued to drop with 12 degrees Celsius being recorded at the DWC Al-Maktoum International Airport this morning in Dubai at 5am.
Earlier: The NCMS forecast rain accompanied by strong winds of up to 55km per hour along the coasts.
The centre continues to hold the sea in severe turbulence, with 14ft waves not abating. The NCMS forecast that the rain will continue till tomorrow and has appealed to drivers to abide by traffic rules on the roads, leaving enough space between vehicles to avoid accidents due to low visibility.
The NCMS also forecast fog or haze across the UAE.
Wet and chilly Tuesday
Light rain was reported across parts of Dubai and Sharjah at 10.30am, with the UAE’s Met office confirming the country is can expect scattered showers over the next 24 hours.
However, residents excited with the overcast skies will have to make way for the northern emirates to experience heavier rainfall, which the NCMS has stated will be more pronounced around Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.
Temperatures plummeted to 2.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday morning, even as the UAE braced itself for another 24 hours of chilly weather before the Mercury rises again.
According to the latest reading by the UAE’s National Center for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the lowest temperature recorded at 5.45am at Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais mountain was 2.6 degrees, with the country overall experiencing a four-degree drop in the average mean temperatures.
More rain is also forecast across the UAE later today, with the NCMS stating the northwesterly winds will increase cloud cover in the north, giving rise to spattering of rain, especially in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and the UAE islands.
The NCMS has further stated strong winds, averaging 75kmph, could blow dust and hinder horizontal visibility in open areas.
The marine warning remains in place with 10-14 feet high waves in the Arabian Gulf, while the Oman Sea is also forecasted as very rough.
A spike in humidity levels on Wednesday could lead to some fog or mist late night and early morning, the NCMS stated.
With the temperatures on the Jebel Jais mountain in Ras Al Khaimah at 9.6 degrees Celsius, and dropping, the UAE could see some of the lowest temperatures recorded in recent history.
Ras Al Khaimah has reported a large number of people driving to the emirate to enjoy the cold weather.
Light rain continued across the UAE, especially in the mountain areas and Lieutenant Colonel Marwan Abdullah Jakkah, Director of Public Relations and Information, RAK Police, said police patrols have been deployed on roads leading to Jebel Jais for the safety of motorists.
Swimming in the sea, meanwhile, is still being cited as dangerous, with waves forecast to be aggressive.
According to National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the weather will continue to remain overcast with light rainfall and strong winds in place.
Cold Sunday: Temperatures expected to plummet
Cloud cover is expected to increase over the north later today, bringing more rainfall to parts of the country, with Al Ain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah already experiencing wet weather in the morning hours; meanwhile, Dubai and Abu Dhabi also experienced drizzle in early Monday.
The NCMS further warned: “Fresh to strong northwesterly winds, especially over the sea and exposed areas, will causing blowing dust and sand and reduce horizontal visibility at times.”
A marine warning is in place for the Arabian Gulf and the Oman Sea with very rough weather giving rise to 10 feet high waves.
According to the UAE’s National Center for Meteorology and Seismology, the lowest temperature recorded on Monday morning was 9.7 degrees Celsius at 6.15am on Jebal Jais, Ras Al Khaimah.
Dubai residents reported light rain across the emirate this morning, as foggy and overcast conditions held sway over cooler climes in the UAE.
Cloudy this in the Hor Al Anz - Mamzar area. (Pics: Shabeela Abdul Aziz)
The NCMS, the UAE weather bureau, tweeted light rain over some areas of Northern Emirates.
Daisy Clarkson tweeted @DJDaisyClarkson: "Rain this morning on the Al Ain - Dubai Road get those wipers working people!"
Another Emirates 24|7 reader reported a light drizzle at 6.40am when driving to work into Dubai.
"Cloudy sky signaling more rain," the reader then tweeted.
Another reader reported at 6.30 am that a small section of lanes just before Exit 43 on Sheikh Zayed Road towards Sharjah have been closed.
A major accident was reported opposite Arabian Ranches before Umm Sequim Road interchange towards Abu Dhabi by @trafficdxb on Twitter.
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