Cyclone Mekunu may reach wind speeds of up to 165km/h, says UAE weather bureau
Dubai - The cyclone is likely to affect weather in the UAE over the weekend.
Cyclone Mekunu is expected to affect the weather in the UAE. Some parts of the UAE would experience rainy and thundery conditions following the aftereffects of the cyclone this weekend.
The National Centre of Meteorology has issued a press statement regarding the cyclone, detailing that the wind speeds are forecast to reach 165km/h in the case of it escalating to a category 2 storm.
The cyclone, which is currently a category one storm, is set to hit Oman in the next few hours after passing through Yemen's Socotra island and wreaking havoc on the shorelines.
Dubbed 'Cyclone Mekunu', the Dubai Municipality's weather forecast system has predicted that the tropical depression could likely bring with it rain, thunder and heavy winds from Friday through to Saturday evening across some parts of the UAE, especially Dubai.
Winds are reportedly set to reach speeds of more than 50kpm/h.
The day in the UAE will be partly cloudy in general and hazy at time, according to the weather department. Light to moderate winds will blow in general and may cause blowing dust over exposed areas.
There might be a light increase in the humidity by night and early morning over some coastal areas.
Oman is set to be hit worst by the cyclone, with some parts of the country feeling its impact from Thursday. A spokesperson from the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) told Khaleej Times "water circulation" would develop in the atmosphere following the cyclone, which would affect some areas of the country - mostly mountainous ones.
"The vapour will bring with it a chance of rainy thunderstorms over the eastern and southern parts of the UAE. Heavy clouds and fresh winds will develop too," added the spokesperson.
The cyclone is currently moving towards the north of the Arabian sea and will likely hit Oman on the night of May 25 and the morning of May 26. "Once it reaches the Oman coast, it will weaken gradually and will move away from its feeding source.
"Although it will remain for a few hundred kilometres along the coast, it will dissipate before reaching the UAE."
Eman Al Falasi, head of the marine and geodetic survey section of the Dubai Municipality, advised residents and road users to exercise caution in the next couple of days.