Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 15 October 2019

Back below 40°C: Is the end of UAE's long hot summer in sight?

Temperatures have started to drop, with one forecast predicting a high of 39°C at midday on Friday

The long and arduous summer is coming to an end, forecasters say. Victor Besa / The National.
The long and arduous summer is coming to an end, forecasters say. Victor Besa / The National.

The end of the summer could be in sight, according to one forecast.

BBC Weather predicts that the mercury will hit a merciful 39°C at midday on Friday - a marked improvement on summer highs that have been consistently above 40°C for months.

So should we all rush out and dust down the patio furniture? Not quite yet.

“We have to wait a little bit yet,” said a forecaster with the country's official NCM weather service.

He said the centre's own forecast has put the mercury at about 41°C on Friday, which is a slight dip on the typical 43°C seen at this time of the year.

“We will start an autumn season soon, in mid-September. And during the change in season we see fluctuations in temperatures. But they are not big fluctuations,” he added.

“The temperature will start to drop gradually. You will not notice the drop straight away.”

But from the middle of next month we may see a full five-degree difference in the temperature, compared to August, he said.

“It will be around 37°C or 38°C in September, on average,” said the forecaster.

“You will feel the weather changing, especially at night. And then you will notice the difference in the morning onwards – but not straight away.”


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Humidity hit 100 per cent on more than one occasion this summer – meaning the air is totally saturated and can no longer able to absorb moisture. This disrupts our cooling process and makes the high heat even more insufferable.

Summer in the UAE can be uncomfortable, but the region does not hold the title for the hottest temperature ever recorded. That belongs to Death Valley in California, where the temperature reached 56.7°C in 1913 at the appropriately-named Furnace Creek.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the UAE is 52.1°C, in July 2002.

Updated: August 29, 2018 04:02 PM