Fishermen in Abu Dhabi warned not to venture out to sea today

Zoe Sinclair And Anwar Ahmed (Our staff reporters)
Filed on December 28, 2007

DUBAI & ABU DHABI — The recent shamal is expected to collapse tomorrow bringing calmer weather for the New Year’s Eve, according to a weather forecaster.

Duty forecaster Dr S.K. Gupta at the Dubai International Airport meteorological office said the winds yesterday reached 15-18 knots inland but up to 20 knots offshore with choppy swells of six foot.

Conditions were expected to be similar today before the shamal collapses tomorrow.

A north-easterly breeze in the Gulf region was likely to replace it although the UAE would be calmer.

Gupta said Ras Al Khaimah experienced a faint drizzle. “There were a few drops over Ras Al Khaimah but not a measurable amount,” he said. “It is possible a few drops may fall in Ras Al Khaimah or Umm Al Quwain in the next couple of days but again it won’t be a measurable amount.”

Temperatures in Sharjah were expected to reach a minimum of 12 degrees Celsius and maximum of 25 during the weekend.

“Sharjah is always two or three degrees sometimes four degrees cooler than Dubai because the station is inland,” he said.

Dubai residents waking up early will be greeted with minimums of 15 or 16 degrees while the day will warm up to about 24. Gupta predicted New Year’s Eve to be fine and quite calm weather.

Meanwhile, the Abu Dhabi Meteorological Department yesterday warned fishermen not to venture out to the seas as the waters would turn rough today.

According to Mohammed Ikram Quraishi, a senior meteorologist at the Abu Dhabi Metrological Department, the skies will remain partly cloudy today.

Owing to fierce wind in the morning today from north-westerly to south-easterly at speed of 16-24 knots offshore the seas will be rough.

The off-shore wind in the morning will be 5-7 feet high and in the evening it will be 3-5 feet and in the night it will be 2-4 feet high.

However, these waves will come down in the evening today and from Saturday fishermen can go for fishing as the seas will go calm and remain so for the entire week.

The temperature in the coming week will be up by two degrees and for the coming four days the maximum temperature will remain at 24-27 degrees Celsius and minimum 14-17 degrees Celsius, while the maximum humidity level will be 70-80 per cent and minimum 15-25 per cent.

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