x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

UAE weather: Temperature soars to near record level

Temperatures soared to more than 50°C this week - and forecasters predict there will be no respite from the heat.

DUBAI // Temperatures soared to more than 50°C this week - and forecasters predict there will be no respite from the heat.

The highest temperature recorded in the UAE was 52.1°C in July 2002, but on Wednesday the mercury hit 51.2°C.

The high was recorded at Ruwais at midday, although average temperatures in coastal areas ranged from 33°C to 37°C, according to the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology.

"This is something which normally happens around this time of the year," said a forecaster.

"We would advise those who are fasting to not stay outside for great periods of time, and if they do have to, ensure they finish work early."

The temperature is expected to dip slightly on Monday, although there will not be a noticeable difference.

"The coastal areas probably will not feel it," the forecaster said. "The heat index may even increase because humidity will be higher."

The high of 51.2°C was only noted for 15 minutes. The ground temperature this week may have been higher still.

"It could be a lot higher, even up to 70°C," the forecaster said. "It depends on the surface and how well it conducts heat.

"Usually during July, the air temperature reaches its maximum. In August, the temperature goes down at bit, but the heat index is more than July because the humidity increases."

mcroucher@thenational.ae