UAE weather alert: Expect foggy mornings in next 5 days

Saman Haziq/Dubai
Filed on February 11, 2021
Photo: M.Sajjad

The authorities have also issued a red alert and urged motorists to drive carefully.

Brace for more foggy mornings, as weather experts at the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) said dense fog formations are expected for the next five days in parts of the UAE.

Photo: Dense fog gripped the UAE for the second straight day, stunning morning scenes

Dr Ahmad Habib, a meteorologist from the NCM, attributed foggy weather conditions to a spike in overnight humidity, which could sustain for up to five days. The phenomenon is common around this time of the year, he said.

“The weather conditions in the UAE are expected to remain like this. We’re experiencing an extension of surface and upper air high pressures. Dense fog may blanket the UAE for the next five days,” he said. “Typically, the foggy season, which starts in mid-December, continues till the end of March,” he said.

However, there would be little change in air mass and temperature, he said. “Foggy and misty conditions can prevail over some coastal and interior areas leading to cloudy mornings. Humidity may rise at night. Fog formation started between Abu Dhabi and Dubai at around 11 pm on Wednesday night and as humidity spiked by early morning the fog and mist reduced visibility to 50 metres or even lower in some areas in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman emirates. Police across the country issued advisories, urging motorists to take adequate precautions while driving,” he said.

The NCM authorities have also issued a red alert and urged motorists to drive carefully.

The lowest temperature recorded over the country on Thursday at 6.30 am was 10.2 degrees Celsius at Al Dhafra, Al Ain, according to the NCM.

The relative humidity rose to over 90 per cent across the UAE at night on Wednesday and temperatures are expected to be hover between 25 and 31 degrees C in the interior parts of the country over the next five days, he added.

Dr Habib has appealed to all road users and motorists to follow the precautions as visibility is expected to be poor.

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