Strong winds batter coastal areas

DUBAI — Panic gripped thousands of residents along coastal areas in Dubai and the Northern Emirates yesterday, as strong winds battered the coastline resulting in rough high-tide conditions.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 20 Mar 2007, 9:09 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:08 AM

The Meteorological Office at Dubai International Airport, issued a warning notice on Sunday night to residents of coastal areas and all those involved in any maritime activity, to stay away from the sea. The met office recorded strong westerly winds of 25 to 30 knots off shore and 25 to 28 knots on-shore. These weather conditions are likely to prevail till late this evening, met sources added.

The Dubai and Sharjah international airports have also been alerted and asked to remain extra vigilant, in view of the large volume of inbound and outbound air traffic.

However, the strong westerly wind cooled Dubai and the Northern Emirates yesterday, as temperature fell to a maximum of 23 degree Celsius while the minimum dropped to 18 degree Celsius, the Met official added.

The skies, yesterday morning, were blotted out by thick dust and grey leaden clouds. But conditions improved later during the afternoon.

“The temperature levels are expected to remain unchanged over the next two days,” the Met office forecaster said added.

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