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Hazy, dusty weather likely today
By A Staff Reporter/WAM February 02, 2018
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ABU DHABI: The weather on Friday is expected to be hazy in general and dusty at times, according to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM). The winds will be light to moderate and active occasionally onshore, and active to strong offshore in general. The relative humidity may increase during the night and early morning along the inland parts, the NCM added.

The northwesterly winds may be of the speed of 18-30 km/h to 38 km/h onshore and 25-40 km/h to 55 km/h offshore.  The sea condition will be turbulent to very turbulent in the Arabian Gulf, and moderate to rough in the Sea of Oman.

The maximum temperatures on Friday are expected to reach 21˚C in Abu Dhabi, 22˚C in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Al Ain, 23˚C in Ras Al Khaimah and 24˚C in Al Fujairah, according to the NCM.

The NCM also confirmed a previous warning for sea-vessels off the Arabian Gulf that strong Northwesterly winds will continue affecting the sea.

In a statement, the centre said that wave heights are expected to be between six to eight feet until 08:00 on Friday.

The National Centre of Meteorology, NCM, has issued a statement predicting that overall temperatures during February will remain low across the country.

The NCM noted that a slight rise in temperature may occur in the second half of the month in some areas, compared to those recorded in January.

It also said that the country will be affected by a trough of low pressure coming from the West leading to unstable weather conditions, with active southerly winds causing rising dust and sand. Further, there will be towering clouds associated with thunder, rain and lightning at times.

The average maximum temperature in February is expected to range from 23 to 28˚C, and the average minimum temperature is expected to be between 12.4 and 16.1˚C.

The highest February temperature on record in the UAE was in 2009, when a temperature of 39.8˚C was recorded in the UAE’s far west border region. The lowest recorded February temperature was in 2017, when -5.7˚C was recorded at Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah.

The relative humidity is expected to increase during the month at night and in the early morning. The average maximum relative humidity will range from 78-88 per cent and the average minimum relative humidity between 29 and 40 per cent.

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