x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Temperatures to remain high until Friday

Unusually high temperatures across the UAE are due to a hot and dry wind blowing from Saudi Arabia.

ABU DHABI // Unusually high temperatures are expected across the UAE in the next few days due to a hot, dry wind blowing from Saudi Arabia.

Temperatures today are expected to reach a maximum of 45°C in Ras Al Khaimah, 44°C in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, and 43°C in Dubai.

"In general, fluctuations in weather are due to a change in the wind's direction," said a spokesman at the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology in Abu Dhabi. "This gives us high temperatures and drops in temperature.

"This wind is very hot and dry and it comes from Saudi Arabia. This is the main factor affecting our area."

The dry wind will also prevent any chance of mist or fog, the spokesman said.

High temperatures are expected to remain until Friday, when northern areas will experience a gradual drop in temperatures.

But southern and western parts of the UAE will have to wait a bit longer before feeling the cooler weather.

On Saturday, the wind will change direction from south to north and temperatures are expected to go back to normal.

"The northern-westerly wind will penetrate our area and this means temperatures will go down by at least 6°C," said the spokesman.

In the next few days, temperatures along the coast are expected to range between 36°C and 42°C.

In the interior they will fluctuate between 41°C and 45°C, and between 26°C and 32°C in the mountains.

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