|05 December, 2019

Alert: NCM issues weather warning for UAE residents

There will be active cloud formation over eastern and northern regions of the UAE in the next three days

The National Centre of Meteorology, NCM, has called on motorists to take all precautions and follow the traffic regulations regarding the chance of fog formation and poor horizontal visibility.

In a statement, the centre said that horizontal visibility is expected to be less than 1,000 metres at times over some coastal and internal areas, during the period from 5:15am till 9am today.

According to the NCM, the country is affected by an extension of surface low pressure system, associated with an upper air trough. The low pressure brings the air to rise and as it cools, water vapor condenses and forms clouds that produce rain. Troughs, which are long areas of low pressure, likewise can lead to rain, wind and other weather events.

On Wednesday, the NCM issued a weather alert for residents, warning them of rough sea, high waves and fresh winds. "The sea is rough due to the convective cloud formation associated with fresh winds reaching 45kmph at times, and wave height may reach seven feet offshore," the NCM said in a bulletin.

There will be active cloud formation over eastern and northern regions of the UAE in the next three days, until Sunday.

Friday's forecast is partly cloudy in general and cloudy at times over the sea, islands and some east and northwards with a probability of rainfall. It will be humid at night and early morning with a possibility of mist or fog formation especially westwards.

The winds are freshening at times but may cause blowing dust, with a speed of 16 - 26 kmph and reaching up to 40 kmph especially over the sea.

Umbrellas or coats should be always ready as cloud formation will intensify on Saturday, bringing a higher chance of rainfall at night especially over the islands, northern and eastern areas, including Fujairah, Khor Fakkan, Hatta, Dubai, Sharjah and UAQ. Blowing dust and sand are expected to result in poor lateral visibility at times, with wind speed averaging between 20-35 km/hr and reaching 45 kmph.

The formation of convective clouds and low pressure will continue as most part of the country, including the northern emirates, mhountains of Ras Al Khaimah, and parts of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, will experience rain of different intensity on Sunday.

Al Musalla said residents and tourists are advised to avoid going to the wadis as flash floods are likely to happen. Sunday is also not the best time for beachgoers and those who are planning of going on a cruise as it will be rough in the waters of Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea as winds are expected to reach between 45-50 kmph at times.

However, confirmed that there is no storm entering the country.

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