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UAE braces for cold snap until end of February

Strong winds, stormy seas and cool temperatures forecast to hit the emirates

UAE braces for cold snap until end of February

Cold, unstable weather is expected to linger in the UAE for most of the month, according to reports.

Temperatures are expected to dip below 20 degrees Celsius this week, while strong winds and thunderstorms are forecast to hit parts of the emirates.

The Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences (Sharjah Planetarium) tweeted that cool weather and some rainfall is likely throughout February, until spring ends in mid-April.

Emirates247 reported last week that strong northwesterly winds would bring rain and 12-foot waves to coastal areas of the UAE throughout Friday and Saturday, with the weather expected to clear up by midday on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) told the newspaper: “The strong northwesterly winds that took effect on Thursday night would bring light rain in the early hours of Friday morning over the western parts of the UAE, with wind speeds over the sea reaching highs of 65kms per hour.

The spokesperson for the NCMS further stated: “The weather on Friday will remain partly cloudy over parts of the UAE…The weather on Saturday will follow in similar pattern, with the temperatures gradually dropping by a degree or so.”

The cold spell has had a damaging impact on young sea turtles, it has been reported, with dozens of them being washed up on beaches in Dubai in recent weeks.