Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 21 May 2019

UAE weather: Cold night on the coast as temperatures struggle to top 20°C

Roll out the heavy duty duvet tonight with lows of 12°C forecast

The UAE's cold snap is expected to continue throughout the week as temperatures dipped to 12°C on the coast last night.

Following the coldest weekend of the winter, Dubai woke up to cloudy skies with a chilly breeze.

Dubai felt like 17C this morning while the actual temperature was 19C, while Abu Dhabi felt like 16C with the temperature at 18C.

Strong northwesterly winds, with gusts of up to 60kph over the sea and 30-40kph over land, will bring dust that will hang over some areas, causing poor visibility at times.

The sea will be rough to very rough in the Arabian Gulf, making it dangerous to swim even close to the shore as lifeguards imposed no swim signs at many beaches across the UAE yesterday.

People surf the waves on a blustery day in Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
People surf the waves on a blustery day in Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

On Monday and throughout the rest of the week there will be a rise in humidity in the mornings, raising the risk of mist and fog, coupled with a drop in wind speed.

Temperatures will gradually increase over the week, reaching 27C again by Saturday.

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Elsewhere in the region, operations resumed at three ports in Kuwait that had been shut due to dusty conditions. However, temperatures are expected to remain low with highs of between 14 to 18°C.

It was a dusty end of the week in Kuwait City. AFP
It was a dusty end of the week in Kuwait City. AFP

Jordan and Iraq have also experienced bad weather due to a polar front, which brought heavy rain and snow.

In Cairo, skies turned orange due to a massive sandstorm.

Updated: January 20, 2019 01:32 PM

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