The UAE’s National Center of Meteorology (NCM) issued a weather warning on Wednesday, in which it forecast strong winds of up to 40 kmph, causing blowing dust and sand.
As a result, horizontal visibility would be reduced to less than 2,000 meters at times over some internal areas, it said. The alert is in place from 9am to 3pm on Wednesday.
Abu Dhabi Police also warned drivers about low visibility, urging them to be cautious on the roads. It has also warned motorists not be distracted by taking any videos or using their phone while driving.
According to the NCM, today's weather will be partly cloudy and hazy at times, with a possibility of convective cloud formations in some eastern and southern areas of the country by afternoon. There may also be chances of rain, it said.
“Fair to partly cloudy and hazy at times, and low clouds will appear Eastward by morning with a probability of some convective clouds formation… may be rainy by afternoon,” the NCM said.
The maximum temperature during the day is expected to hover around 44°C to 48°C along the internal areas, 41°C to 45°C along the coast, and 34°C to 39°C in the mountains.
It will be humid by evening and on Thursday early morning over some western coastal areas. The maximum humidity will vary from 60 to 85 per cent across coastal, 55 to 75 per cent in interior regions and between 40 to 55 per cent in the mountains.
The sea will be slight to moderate in the Arabian Gulf and in the Oman Sea.
The NCM has issued code red alerts for some regions
Residents can also expect light to moderate Southeasterly to Northeasterly winds
Light to moderate winds will cause blowing dust during the day; it will be humid at night and Wednesday morning over some coastal areas
Light to moderate winds will cause blowing dust during the day; conditions at sea will be slight in both the Arabian Gulf and in the Oman Sea
The formations are also associated with fresh winds that could reach speeds of 40 km/hr
Light to moderate winds will cause blowing dust during the day; conditions at sea will be slight in the Arabian Gulf and the Oman Sea
Clouds will appear eastward by afternoon