UAE weather: temperatures in single digits in many areas

Water froze on Jebel Jais with the mercury sinking to 1.9°C

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The UAE woke to chilly conditions on Sunday, with temperatures in the single digits in many areas.

In Dubai and the Northern Emirates, the mercury was below 10ºC — rare in urban areas — with similar conditions in Abu Dhabi.

The National Centre of Meteorology said the lowest temperature recorded across the UAE overnight was 1.9°C on Jebel Jais at 4:15am.

It was so cold that water on Jebel Jais froze. Storm Centre, a UAE group that tracks extreme weather, posted video of layers of ice that formed on standing water.

The next few weeks are likely to be the coldest of the year, and follow heavy downpours in Dubai and the north last week.

January and February are the wettest months of the year, with several days of rain in each month common, followed by temperatures rising in late February and early March.

Ramadan, which begins in March this year, is likely to be the coolest holy month in the Gulf for close to 20 years.

It is not uncommon for the UAE to experience bouts of freezing weather.

Jebel Jais, for example, was covered in snow in 2020, while the mercury regularly falls below freezing in other parts of the country.

In 2021, the NCM recorded an official temperature of -2°C in Raknah Al Ain.

The National reported that residents had to scrape ice from cars and icicles could be seen hanging from trees and plants that year. Hobbyist weather enthusiasts from Storm Centre, a UAE group that tracks the country's weather, said it had even recorded unofficial temperatures as low as -7°C in Raknah.

Meanwhile, the NCM forecast lows of 3ºC on Sunday in rural and mountainous locations, with highs of 22ºC anticipated in the hottest part of the day, with cool winds throughout. The seas are very rough and swimmers are warned to take care.

It also warned of a chance of fog across the UAE for the start of this week.

In its five-day bulletin, forecasters said the fog and mist could persist into Wednesday morning.

Updated: January 29, 2023, 12:37 PM