x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

UAE weather: 'Hot to very hot' with dust warning as winds pick up

Light winds will churn up dust in some parts of the country, particularly the internal regions today, according to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology.

DUBAI // Light winds will churn up dust and sand in parts of the country tomorrow.

Internal areas will be particularly affected, according to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology.

The conditions are the result of a band of low pressure and should settle down by Tuesday, a forecaster said.

"Areas of the country will be affected by low pressure because the winds will be southerly and south-easterly and this will cause some sand, dust and haze in the atmosphere," he added.

"This is expected to affect the interior areas close to Al Ain and Liwa, with dust in the air and sand due to these fresh winds. It will reduce visibility at times in some areas."

Haze is predicted over the east and south with humidity likely to increase early tomorrow and at night over the coast.

The current heatwave shows no sign of easing, with temperatures set to stay at lows of about 33°C in coastal areas, climbing to highs of more than 45°C in the interior.

Motorists on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi road this morning reported hazy conditions with winds whipping up sand and dust, which affected visibility.

"It was unusual to have winds at this time in the summer," said Dan Peters, an engineer driving to Sharjah."There were some places that were very dusty and hazy but that cleared up slowly."

rtalwar@thenational.ae