SHARJAH: The sky is overcast as the feeling of impending rain or raining in the near vicinity is everywhere. The sentiment is shared by weather forecasters.
Chairman of Adco Astronomy Club and Member of Abu Dhabi Heritage Club Mohammad Thalib Assalami blamed global warming for the “slow poisoning” of the weather which should have been rainy during this time of the year, as is typical of winter rain.
However, according to the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), there was scattered rain in several parts of the country and it may rain again on Friday.
The temperatures will further decrease, with highspeed winds stirring dust, which will cause poor visibility to as less as 500m. The sea will be very rough.
NCMS forecast unstable weather up to Saturday, which will be partly cloudy, with occasional scattered rain over different areas. “The cloud amount will decrease gradually over east and southwards and limiting overcast and southwards by Saturday afternoon with fall of temperatures,” the NCMS said.
Moderate to fresh south-easterly to north-easterly winds will become moderate to fresh north-westerly (Shamal) by Friday night.
The winds will be strong over the seas and will be blowing dust and sand over the land.
Sunday and Monday will also be partly cloudy with another fall in temperatures as moderate to fresh winds, strong at times, blowing dust and sand over the land. The sea is expected to be rough.
It was raining in Abu Dhabi area as this report was being filed in the afternoon on Thursday. But the cloudy sky did not pour open in Sharjah. But some areas of Sharjah were still wet with rainwater from the previous night’s scattered rain.
“Shall I wash my dirty car today? a colleague asked this correspondent. The reply was negative as the dirt in the atmosphere may come down along with the expected rain at anytime today.
The general weekend mood got a shot in the arm with the cool breeze, splashing waves, cloudy atmosphere and the Valentine’s Day mood still lingering. Children enjoyed the mood to the hilt.
But doctors had a busy time treating symptoms of flu and cold.
Maximum temperatures are reported to be around 24˚C in Sharjah, the minimum touching 20˚C.
People strolling in winter clothes are a usual sight in the UAE streets, with the weather cool enough for the multinational residents to enjoy the Gulf winter in high spirits.