Dust haze envelopes emirates

ABU DHABI/DUBAI - Huge particles of suspended dust and sand in the capital yesterday led to a reduced visibility of below one kilometre in some parts, according to sources at the Central Weather Forecasting Bureau.

By Anupama V. Chand And Zaigham Ali Mirza

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Published: Mon 19 May 2003, 11:44 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:04 PM

The weatherman said that the poor visibility and hazy conditions would continue today, and were caused by a trough in the South East of the Arabian peninsula, which was moving in a North Easterly direction, associated with stable weather conditions. He pointed out that temperatures, which throughout the last week had remained at around 42 degrees centigrade, had fallen to around 39 degrees, owing to the suspended particles that had decreased and deflected the incoming solar radiation.

A gradual improvement in the weather, and returning visibility is expected by Tuesday. Meanwhile, the sea state will remain moderate at about 2-4 feet offshore, and around 1-3 feet onshore. Temperatures will remain at around mean normal values of 40 degrees centigrade today, while winds will be South Easterly to South Westerly in nature, ranging from 4-8 Knots during morning and night overland. The weatherman commented that the rise in temperatures which verged at 44 degrees last week were likely to have been due to the warm air mass and the South-Easterly winds that were flowing in from the Arabian peninsula.

The next 48 hours are expected to continue to be hot, with moderate to light North Westerly winds, and humidity levels reaching about 75 to 90 per cent maximum, and a gradual, anticipated rise in temperatures.

While Abu Dhabi yesterday peaked at 39 degrees, Dubai had a high of 37 degrees, Sharjah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah recorded 38 degrees, Umm Al Quwain recorded 39 degrees, while Fujairah was the hottest place in the UAE at 43 degrees. Al Ain and Madina Zayed recorded highs of 41 degrees, while Ghiathy was also sweltering at 42 degrees. Other places in the UAE also showed the mercury rising relentlessly, with Ruwais, Jebel Dhana and Delma all poised in the late 30s.

The western coast of the UAE, and parts of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and many other places in the region yesterday experienced a mild dust haze which originated in the Eastern part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to the forecaster at the Dubai Meteorological Office.

The dust haze, however, did not affect vehicular or air traffic in the affected western coast as visibility was not much affected, while most other parts of the country were free from the haze. According to the forecaster a weak Shamal, or North Westerly wind, had established yesterday resulting in a maximum temperature of 35 degrees C as against the 38 degrees on Saturday.

A maximum temperature of around 37 degrees with weak or no winds are forecast for today, while yesterday's haze is expected to settle down by late afternoon. According to the forecaster, the weather this year is more pleasant than during the corresponding period of the past few years. The forecaster attributed the milder onset of summer this year to the consistent, relatively low humidity levels - an important and contributing element of the extremely hot summers of the region.

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