UAE’s 'perceived temperature' to reach 64C next week

Forecasters say conditions to intensify with humidity levels reaching as high as 95%
UAE’s 'perceived temperature' to reach 64C next week
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By Staff writer
Thu 14 Jul 2016 01:38 PM

Temperatures in the UAE could feel as hot as 64C next week, according to reports.

Forecasters predict rises of four degrees in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from Sunday, up to highs of 49C.

And with humidity levels reaching a maximum of 90 percent in internal areas and 95 percent along the coast, residents could experience a “perceived temperature” of up to 64C.

Also referred to as the "apparent temperature”, this is calculated through combining the effects of air temperature, relative humidity and wind speed.   

But experts say conditions are normal for the time of year, according to the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), reported Gulf News.

“You cannot expect someone from the west to tolerate heat in the same way that someone from the Middle East would,” said NCMS meteorologist Dr Ahmad Habib. “People are accustomed to their home climate. So while some might feel that the temperature is 6C, it might feel like over 70C to a person who has recently moved to this region.”

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