x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Heat and humidity set to rise, weather service says

Heat, humidity and haziness are all set to increase in the coming days, according to the National Centre for Seismology and Meteorology.

DUBAI // Hot and hazy conditions will continue across the Emirates for at least the next two days, and it will soon get hotter, a meteorologist said today.

Temperatures took a slight dip in the last few days across the UAE, but will gradually rise again as the week progresses, according to the National Centre for Meteorology & Seismology. The hot and humid conditions will continue especially in the northern and western areas of the country, the weather service said.

"The humidity will increase, especially in the coastal areas and north of the UAE at night and in the early morning; this will continue for another few days," the meteorologist said.

The haziness and humidity were due to fresh north-westerly winds over the western parts of the country, with dust particles suspended in the air, he said.

A warning had been issued to fishermen not to go out to sea today due to the strong winds that had turned the sea choppy. The temperature, too, had dropped by a few degrees and would gradually climb back up over the next few days, the centre said.

"The temperature decreased by 3-4 degrees in general, but will rise by Wednesday by 2 degrees gradually again," the forecaster said.

"This change in weather due to fresh wind, just before it gets hot again, is not abnormal. This happens at this time of the year."

The temperature was between 34°C and 42°C on the coast, and between 41°C to 47°C in the interior areas.