Strong dust-laden winds sweep Dubai

DUBAI & ABU DHABI — Flight operations at the Dubai International Airport remained unaffected amid safety warnings issued by the local Met office after strong and dusty winds swept across Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 9 Sep 2007, 9:05 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:08 AM

According to forecaster Chris Worger, strong south-easterly winds picked up dust from the desert and blew it across the skies resulting in poor visibility.

“The winds started during the morning and became stronger by the afternoon. So we issued a warning to the flight operations and also to sea-farers. The waves rising to four to six feet hit the shores and were expected to continue until afternoon today. So we advise the sea-goers to stay away,” Chris said.

The visibility level, he said, was recorded as low as 500 metres. “The normal visibility level is 5km to 25km. The average visibility level yesterday was 2km. The area from Mall of the Emirates to Jebel Ali was the worst affected,” he said. “The conditions are likely to improve today. However, dusty conditions will continue until afternoon,” he added.

The maximum temperature yesterday was put at 42 degree Celsius and a minimum of 32.1 degrees. Similar temperature is expected today. Light showers are also expected in the mountain areas of Northern Emirates.

Even though the conditions in Abu Dhabi were normal yesterday, a forecaster at the the Abu Dhabi Met Department said, “Dusty conditions are expected in the emirate today because of a south-easterly wind.

“Due to dust the visibility level on the highways will come down up to 2km in morning and evening time, while the temperature level today will be around 41 degrees Celsius here, which is two degrees less than yesterday,” said the forecaster

“Some thundershowers are expected today over Al Ain’s mountainous areas,” the forecaster added.

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