In a historic weather event, the UAE experienced scorching temperatures surpassing 50°C for the very first time in 2023. This unprecedented heatwave brought with it dusty and sweltering conditions that gripped the region on July 16. The scorching heat and swirling dust created an intense atmosphere, challenging both residents and visitors alike. As people sought refuge from the blistering sun, the record-breaking heat served as a reminder of the increasing impact of climate change. With such extreme weather becoming more frequent, it is crucial to prioritize measures to mitigate its effects and ensure the well-being of everyone in the UAE.
Temperatures Soar Above 50°C Overview
|Date||Temperature Range||Lowest Temperature||Weather Conditions|
|July 16||38.3°C – 45°C||26.3°C||Dusty and hot|
|Next 5 days||Varied||–||Convective clouds and rain in some eastern parts|
Dubai’s coastal areas experienced scorching temperatures ranging from 38.3°C to 45°C, while certain inland regions soared as high as 47°C. On the other hand, the lowest temperature of 26.3°C was recorded in Al Farfar, Fujairah.
As per the National Center of Meteorology (NCM), July is known for its rising temperatures, influenced by thermal lows, particularly the Indian monsoon low pressure system, which elevates the heat index.
Notably, in 2017, the temperature peaked at a remarkable 51.8°C in Mezaira.
Unexpected Rainfall Adds Surprising Twist to UAE’s July Weather
Weather Patterns Bring Clouds and Rain to Eastern UAE, Land and Sea Breezes Influence July Conditions
As per the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), the eastern mountains and southern regions of the country are exposed to cloud formation due to the presence of mountains and high temperatures. These clouds lead to afternoon rainfall in certain inland areas. Additionally, the extension of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affects some parts of the country, particularly during the second half of the month, resulting in convective rainy clouds at times.
According to the NCM’s five-day weather forecast, convective clouds and rain are expected in select eastern areas of the country. The circulation of land and sea breezes also plays a significant role in July weather, as highlighted by the NCM. During the night and morning periods, southeasterly winds impact the country, while northerly winds dominate during the daytime. Furthermore, fresh southerly winds may occur in the mornings, potentially leading to blowing dust, while fresh northwesterly winds occasionally cause suspended dust.
Today, dusty weather persisted across various parts of the UAE, including Dubai.