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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 27 January 2021

Abu Dhabi noir: dense fog envelops Al Ain's Jebel Hafeet

Video shows road leading o the summit shrouded in thick fog

Fog on the roads of Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain. Courtesy Storm Centre
Fog on the roads of Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain. Courtesy Storm Centre

Fog enveloped Al Ain's Jebel Hafeet as the UAE's winter weather continues.

Video posted to social media showed cars on Wednesday night navigating poor visibility on the road to the summit.

The fog and yellow road lights create something resembling a Hollywood noir film.

It comes as the UAE experiences a period of prolonged cold weather.

The National Centre of Meteorology warned of more chilly days ahead and intermittent fog.

The footage, meanwhile, was posted by Storm Centre, a UAE-based group dedicated to tracking the country's weather.

It also tracked freezing temperatures in Al Ain on Monday when temperatures sank to minus 5°C.

Residents had to scrape ice from cars.

The extreme weather happened in Raknah, close to a wadi in Abu Dhabi emirate.

Storm Centre was founded in 2006 by Fahad Mohammed, Ali Al Neyadi, Omar Al Nuaimi, Hamad Al Kaabi, Abdullah Al Jaberi and Ahmad Al Barq.

“None of us studied weather-related sciences. It all started as a hobby,” said Mr Al Neyadi, 30.

“We are from different emirates and each one reports on the weather changes in his area and we measure the strength of the wind and based on it we predict where the rain will be.

“During summer we chase rains and we went to a number of cyclones.”

However, the freezing temperatures in Al Ain do not represent a record. The National Centre of Meteorology is official source of weather data in the UAE and recorded a lower temperature at the site on the same day.

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Updated: January 14, 2021 01:47 PM

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