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Warning of landslides and sandstorms: weather officials

UAE National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology also warned mariners of rough seas in the Arabian Gulf

Warning of landslides and sandstorms: weather officials
Dubai, Weather, fog

The UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has warned motorists to be cautious of poor visibility caused by sandstorms and urged them to avoid mountainous areas prone to landslides as challenging weather continues to hinder driving conditions.

The NCMS also warned mariners in the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman to be vigilant of rough seas during this period, the WAM news agency said.

Quick changes in weather are common at this time of year as the summer season approaches, with strong winds blowing dust and sand and reducing horizontal visibility in some areas to less than 1,000 metres, the NCMS said.

The report claimed sandstorms had reduced horizontal visibility to 800 metres at Dubai's Al Maktoum Airport on Monday. At the same time, temperatures rose between 4 - 6 degrees, with the highest, 39.4 degrees, recorded over Algheweifat.

Landslides were also highlighted as a concern for drivers, and the NCMS warned motorists to avoid valleys in mountainous areas in the North and East of the country.

It forecast that weather is expected to continue to be dusty and partly cloudy at times on Wednesday and the possibility of some rain over some areas, especially over coastal and northern areas at night.

Rob Jones 5 years ago

There was a massive sand storm today morning at 4am.
It was like someone was throwing cars at the buildings, with the amount of noise that came from the wind hitting the windows.
Almost thought they might shatter.