Weekend Weather: Blowing, blowing and… gusting


UAE residents woke up this morning to find a sandstorm raging outdoors – killing  off all hopes of going for a drive, a barbecue or a picnic on a lazy weekend.

Those who had left their windows opens for fresh air through the night, woke up to discover layers of thin sand everywhere in the roo.


In a statement on Thursday, the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) had said that the unstable weather conditions will continue, with partly cloudy and hazy weather at times and scattered rainfall in some areas, especially islands and coastal areas.

The NCMS statement to be an understatement of Friday morning’s weather conditions.

NCMS is urging motorists to be cautious on roads due to rain in various regions of the country.

The statement added, “Moderate to fresh winds, becoming strong at times over the sea and exposed areas, will cause blowing dust/sand with poor visibility at times. Seas will be rough in the Arabian Gulf and Sea of Oman.”

The conditions are likely to be the same on Friday and Saturday.