DUBAI // Motorists are being warned of significantly reduced visibility as 40kph winds kick up dust and sand across many parts of the country on Thursday morning.
Forecasters at the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology in Abu Dhabi say visibility has been reduced to less than 500 metres due to fresh southeasterly winds.
The capital, along with most internal areas and highways, will be affected at times on Thursday, the centre said.
“Moderate winds in general, freshening at times, causing blowing dust, especially over the northern areas,” said the centre in a forecast.
“[The] sea will be moderate to rough in the Arabian Gulf and in Oman Sea.”
In general, the weather will be hot and hazy during the day hitting highs of 44°C along the coast and 48°C in internal areas.
Partial cloud over the eastern and the southern areas will result in some towering clouds, during the afternoon and there is a slight chance of rain in these areas.
The humidity will rise to an uncomfortable 90 per cent this evening.
Hazy and hot conditions are set to persist over the weekend with winds continuing to blow dust, especially over the northern parts of the country.
A spokesperson for the centre said visibility will slightly improve over the weekend to approximately 3000 metres but advised those with breathing difficulties to continue to take precautions during the coming days.
Beachgoers and fishermen were also asked to remain alert as riptides and waves of up to 6 metres are being forecast for the Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea.
Source: uae news