Record-Breaking Heatwave in UAE: Sweats Observed as Temperatures Drop Below 50 Degrees Celsius for the First Time in 2023

Abu Dhabi: The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has reported that temperatures in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have reached a scorching 50 degrees Celsius for the first time this year.

The highest temperature recorded in the country was 50.1 degrees Celsius in Bada Dafas in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi. This record-breaking temperature was reached on July 15 and July 16, marking two consecutive days of extreme heat.

The NCM explains that July is known for its high temperatures, as the region and the country are affected by thermal lows, with the most significant being the monsoon low pressure in India. These factors contribute to the sweltering conditions experienced in the UAE.

On the other end of the spectrum, the lowest temperature recorded during this period was 26.3 degrees Celsius in Al Farfar, located in Fujairah.

Medical professionals have warned residents to take precautions and protect themselves from the extreme heat. Direct exposure to sunlight should be avoided, and individuals should stay properly hydrated and watch out for signs of dehydration, especially in children.

To mitigate the health risks associated with working under such extreme conditions, the UAE has implemented a mandatory midday break for workers. This policy, in effect from July 15 to September 15, prohibits individuals from working outside between 12:30 pm and 3 pm, when temperatures are at their peak.

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