Duststorms sweep Al Ain

AL AIN — Al Ain city and surrounding areas have been swept by duststorms since Monday aggravating the condition of residents suffering from allergy and sinus problems.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Wed 12 Jul 2006, 10:07 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:10 PM

The duststorms have sent the mercury shooting to 47 degrees Celsius, up seven degrees compared with the beginning of the week, and reduced visibility to only 1.8km due to a blanket of dust.

The weatherman's forecast for the next 72 hours is hot days and hazy conditions.

According to Met officials, the dusty winds sweeping the city and its environs resulted in visibility dropping to 1.8km, while the maximum temperature hovered around 47 degrees Celsius and the minimum at 30 degrees Celsius compared to 39/23 on Sunday.

"A few low clouds threw a blanket over the city and the eastern region, making nights humid and foggy," he said, adding that the wind speed blowing from the western direction was 15 k/h. Humidity stood at 38 per cent.

Doctors have advised residents to take enough liquids during the day to avoid dehydration, and not to expose themselves to the heat.

Residents have also been warned against venturing out without precautions during dust storms, which can aggravate asthma, eye infection and sinus.

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