Monday 10 April 2017
Major temperature fluctuations are expected to continue as the season transitions in the UAE, forecasters said, refuting misconceptions that summer has begun.
Forecasters from the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology are predicting temperatures will reach a maximum of 40 degrees Celsius on the coast, and up to 43C inland over the next couple of days.
“This case is not something you can control and it’s not yet summer. We’re still in the transition period. Currently, temperature will keep increasing, then decreasing and so on. For example, on Sunday we expect the maximum to reach 42C. But if you go back a few days, the maximum recorded about 28C".
“So we can see a temperature difference of up to 12C in general.”
The hot air mass affecting coastal areas now is primarily due to the gentle southerly wind coming from the desert. This is the reason why the mercury could reach up to 40C at this time.
“Summer in the UAE, geographically starts on June 21st. But even as early as May, we will already see hot weather towards the higher 30s like 37C to 38C. It will go even higher, around 40C, by June.”
Relative humidity will be at around 60 per cent due to the wind source.
The Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea will be slight to moderate in general.