Residents run for cover as dust storm hits Al Ain - UAE INFO

Jul 23, 2009

Residents run for cover as dust storm hits Al Ain

Al Ain: A strong dust storm on Wednesday hit Al Ain drastically reducing visibility, adding to the despair of residents facing a heat wave.

The storm hit the city at 4:25pm, forcing people to stay in-doors. Gushing winds stirred up dust and sand to swirl around, creating a dust blanket for almost an hour.

The streets and markets were virtually deserted due to the heat and dust. Reduced visibility also created difficulty for the motorists on highways in the surroundings of the city.

There was, however, no major disruption to traffic and the Civil Defence Department and traffic police remained alert.

Over the last few days, some parts of the country have recently been experiencing sudden development of dust storms under the influence of heat, humidity, and upper level high clouds.

People were also warned by the weather forecasters to stay on guard as dust storms might hit in the afternoon, particularly in the eastern and northern areas of the emirates, as conditions are conducive for such development over the next several days.

A forecaster said Al Ain with 45 degree Celsius on Wednesday remained the hottest city in the country followed by Liwa where maximum temperature was recorded at 46 degree Celsius. People in Ras Al Khaimah also braved 44 degree Celsius.

The Met office forecast also indicated hot, hazy and windy condition across the country in the next 48 hours, saying that there are also chances of scattered clouds. The conditions would be hot and humid at night and hazy over some areas by Thursday morning.

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