Hot and sticky weather across UAE predicted for Eid

Temperatures expected to drop by three degrees, but high humidity means it will still feel hot.
The humidity will be particularly noticeable at night and in the early morning.
The humidity will be particularly noticeable at night and in the early morning.
Temperatures are expected to drop during Eid but high humidity means it will still feel hot and sticky.

The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology is predicting a three-degree drop in overall temperatures over the Eid holidays.

The centre has recorded highs of 50°C over the past few days, causing surface water in the Arabian Gulf to heat up to about  32°C and increasing humidity.

"Even though the temperature will decrease, the increase in moisture in the air will mean we cannot feel the difference," a forecaster said. "It will still feel hot."

The humidity will be particularly noticeable at night and in the early morning.

Temperatures in coastal areas will reach a maximum of 42°C, and the interior will have daily highs of between 44°C and 48°C.

Mountain regions will have temperatures of about 37°C.

Western coastal areas will have some fog tomorrow morning as north-easterly winds carry moisture from the Arabian Gulf. Clear night skies and calm winds, the reason for the drop in temperature, will cause moisture in the air to condense into fog.

Ras Al Khaimah airport recorded visibility levels of only 100 metres at 6.45am yesterday, but an hour later they had increased to 7,000m.

Wind speeds over coastal areas are expected to be light to moderate, 20kph to 25kph with gusts up to 35kph.

Clouds will accumulate over western and interior regions where winds will reach 45kph or more, which will raise some dust.

molson@thenational.ae

Published: August 16, 2012 04:00 AM

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