weather

Strong winds to kick up dust, cause poor visibility

Residents with respiratory conditions, motorists and seafarers urged to take precautions

Staff Report
15:49 January 20, 2018

Dubai: The UAE’s weathermen are urging residents with respiratory conditions to take precautions and motorists to drive carefully as strong northwesterly winds will kick up dust from Saturday until Monday.

“The National Centre of Meteorology asks all patients with allergies, asthma, and all road users and sea vessels to take all appropriate precautions due to the country’s exposure to strong northwesterly wind, reducing the horizontal visibility to 1,000-3,000 metres over different regions,” the weather alert from the NCM read.

Strong northwesterly winds may kick up dust in exposed areas and dust particles may be suspended in the air that could trigger allergies for people breathing conditions when outdoors.

The strong winds will also cause rough to very rough seas. The Arabian Gulf may have offshore wave height of 7 feet to 9 feet, reaching up to 12 feet, while the Oman Sea will have wave heights offshore of between 5 feet and 7 feet.

The weather alert is relevant from 7pm on Saturday until 2pm on Monday.