x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Temperatures to fall as strong winds whip up dust across the UAE

Conditions will be hazy as northwesterly winds blow dust and sand across the emirates.

DUBAI // Temperatures are expected to drop over the next two days, with strong winds whipping up dust and reducing visibility, meteorologists have forecast.

Conditions at sea will alternate from rough to moderate due to the change in weather, according to an update from the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology.

"[Conditions will be] hazy in general. Fresh to strong northwesterly winds, especially over the sea, blowing dust and sand, will cause poor horizontal visibility at times," was the forecast for the next couple of days.

The temperature has already fallen from 25°C to 17°C today and is likely to dip further to a minimum of 11°C in internal areas and 9°C in the mountains, the centre predicted.

Police cautioned that keeping within the speed limit on all roads and highways was vital for public safety.

"In this weather everybody must drive carefully and within the speed limit," said Lt Imran Abdullah of Dubai Traffic Police.

"We are warning motorists to keep [a safe] distance between the cars. They don't have to use fog lights all the time but can use them if they cannot see clearly ahead."