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'Hot and hazy' Thursday could carry sandstorms into weekend

UAE weather forecasters predict strong winds and dusty conditions

'Hot and hazy' Thursday could carry sandstorms into weekend

Weather forecasters say the UAE is about to be hit more sandstorms as strong wind blows dust into the air.

Thursday was expected to be “hot and hazy”, according to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).

And heat could carry over into Friday and Saturday, reported Gulf News.

With winds of up to 36km/h, dust and sand are expected to cause poor visibility in the UAE’s northern region.  

Temperatures on Thursday could reach 48C internal areas and 44C on the coast, said the report. Humidity was expected to range from 75 to 90 percent.

“Sandstorms frequently cause adverse health effects on the respiratory function and just 15 minutes exposure to smaller-size sandstorm dust particles have a greater potential of asthma,” said Mohammad Samir, Regional Medical Director at Mundipharma.

“While asthma requires long term treatment, it can however, be managed if precaution is taken to reduce the severity of the symptoms.”

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