x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Cooler weather and low visibility expected

After sandstorms hit the country, blowing fine sand and creating dust clouds, the weather is expected to turn mild and cool.

ABU DHABI // After sandstorms hit the country yesterday, blowing fine sand and creating dust clouds, the weather is expected to turn mild and cool today. Winds have reduced by at least 10 knots over the past 24 hours, said a spokesman for the Dubai Meteorological Office. However, the dust in the air will remain, limiting visibility. Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain should all expect up to three kilometres of visibility. Sandstorms will continue in Al Gharbia, due to a combination of its vast, open areas, and strong winds. Some of the dust particles may continue to travel with the winds inland into the coastal cities such as Abu Dhabi.

Terrible weather has been predicted in offshore areas, with warnings going out to sailors and shipping companies. As a result of the change in the direction of winds, the temperature dropped to 25°C in Dubai yesterday and an average of 23°C is expected in most cities tomorrow, including Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. *The National