Sandstorms sweep through Al Ain

AL AIN — Sandstorms kicked up by strong winds swept through Al Ain and its environs yesterday forcing residents to stay indoors, even as the mercury soared to 43 degrees celsius.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Mon 3 Jul 2006, 10:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:07 PM

The rough weather which began around 10am continued during the day.

A met official said dust-laden winds blew all through the afternoon in the north-northwest direction at 21mph, while in the evening the winds blew from the northwest at 17mph.

The weatherman said hazy conditions prevailed over most parts of UAE, with some low clouds over the eastern and northern areas which gathered strength by the evening.

Similar conditions have been forecast for today, with humid weather at night with haze and mist in some areas early in the morning. The maximum humidity at Al Ain yesterday hovered around 17 per cent.

The bad weather yesterday was unexpected as last week's rain coupled with a thunderstorm hit Al Ain on Wednesday, sending the mercury plummeting much to the delight of residents who thronged parks and gardens.

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