By Parag Deulgaonkar
Mercury in Dubai may touch 49 degrees, says NCMS
Dubai's city area will not see its temperatures rise above 50 degrees, according to an official with the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).
On Saturday, temperature soared to 50.5 degrees Celsius in Mezaira area, near Liwa.
Temperatures in the UAE’s southern and eastern areas are likely to reach over 50 degrees Celsius, he said, driven by strong southerly winds and El Nino conditions.
“The temperature rose because we had the hot southerly winds coming in,” the official told Arabian Business on Sunday.
The current flow of the north westerly breeze from the sea, however, will lower temperaturesDubai won't see its temperature cross 50 degrees, say NCMS by 2 to 4 degrees, he added.
The official ruled out chances of 50-degree plus temperature in Dubai, but warned that mercury could climb up to 49 degrees during the summer months.
“Dubai is close to the sea and so temperature in the city won’t go [that] high,” he added.
According to NCMS, the highest temperature recorded in the UAE since 2009 was in Al Yasat in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi in 2010 when mercury reached 52 degree Celsius.
“Temperature across the globe has been rising since 2015 and we are part of the world. Hence, we have seen hotter summers since the last three years.”
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) said on Saturday that the last month was the second-warmest May in 137 years.
The two top May temperature anomalies have occurred during the past two years with 2016 being hottest on record, at 0.93 degrees Celsius warmer than the May mean temperature. May 2017 was 0.88 degrees Celsius warmer than the mean May temperature from 1951-1980.
The previous three months — February, March and April of 2017 — were also the second warmest on record, Nasa said.