x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Rough waves ahead in UAE, fishermen and boaters warned

Swimmers should be safe but fishermen and small boats should beware of waves due to rough offshore conditions until Saturday.

ABU DHABI // Fishermen and owners of small boats have been advised to avoid going at sea over the next few days due to rough offshore conditions - but beaches will be safe, according to a warning from the National Center of Meteorology & Seismology (NCMS).

Offshore waves that reached 14 feet on Tuesday morning were caused by a combination of high atmospheric pressure over the northern parts of Saudi Arabia and low atmospheric pressure over Iran.

"This wind will carry on for the next 48 hours," said a spokesperson at the centre.

The centre is expecting offshore waves of up to 10 feet over the next few days. However, while small boat owners should avoid the sea until Saturday morning, beachgoers should be safe.

"On the beach, it will be wavy but it will be safe for swimming," said the spokesman.

The strong wind also caused temperatures to drop with Monday's maximum reaching 28°C in the coastal areas, about seven degrees lower than what was recorded last weekend. Further cooling is expected today and tomorrow. On Friday, maximum temperatures will be between 21 and 26°C along the coast and 28°C in the interior of the country. Minimum temperatures as low as 12°C can be expected in the early morning hours.

Motorists should be aware of a higher probability of fog on Wednesday and Thursday morning, especially in the north of the country.