Dust and wind disrupts activities in city

DUBAI/NORTHERN EMIRATES — The swirling dust enveloped Dubai and the Northern Emirates and parts of the country on Tuesday and the windy conditions persisted throughout yesterday, disrupting outdoor activity and slightly affecting vehicular traffic.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 7 Jul 2005, 10:10 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:42 PM

Visibility had dropped to 3,000 metres yesterday afternoon, but was well above the required 1,000 metres for normal flight operations at airports to continue uninterrupted.

While the visibility on ground was not severely hampered to deteriorate driving conditions, the strong gusts, of up to 18 knots or over in open areas, raised more dust and buffeted vehicles.

According to the weather office at the Sharjah International Airport, winds were rather strong offshore reaching 23 knots and creating swells of seven feet and over.

Winds of up to 18 knots were recorded on shore with swells of over five feet, and a marine warning, issued earlier yesterday, would be in force till 6am today. The blowing dust blotted out a good amount of sunlight, bringing down the temperature by a few degrees to a maximum of 37 degrees, and a minimum of 28 degrees was forecast for the night.

The duststorm was expected to clear overnight and the weather is expected to be fine today. The outlook for the next few days suggests hot and hazy conditions.

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