Sand storms in the UAE until Sunday, says NCMS

Drivers warned to take extra care during periods of poor visibility
Sand storms in the UAE until Sunday, says NCMS
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By Staff writer
Thu 28 Jul 2016 11:44 AM

Sand storms could remain in the UAE until Sunday, according to weather reports.

Dust and sand is expected to linger in the air as long as the country remains under the effects of low pressure, said the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).

Drivers were advised to take care as conditions lower visibility to less than 1.5 kilometres, Gulf News reported.

“Over the next three days, the country will see a rising sandstorm,” said Dr Ahmad Habib, a meteorologist at the NCMS. “This is caused by the effects of low pressure acceleration and the southerly winds.”

Large amount of dust would be found in the air, concentrated mostly in interior parts of the UAE and striking early in the mornings, according to Dr Habib.

“There will also be active south and south easterly winds, which will cause the dust and sand to rise up and lower visibility levels,” he said.

Forecasters were predicting rain in and around Al Ain Saturday or Sunday.

Humidity levels were expected to reach 85 per cent in coastal areas, with a maximum temperature of 49C in internal parts of the country.

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