The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has recorded its hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching 50.8°C in Sharjah. The previous record was set on July 25, 2022, when temperatures reached 50.7°C in Abu Dhabi.
The high temperatures were caused by a combination of factors, including a hot air mass from the Arabian Peninsula and a lack of cloud cover. The National Center of Meteorology (NCM) has issued a warning for residents to stay indoors and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest hours of the day.
The high temperatures are expected to continue for the next few days. The NCM has forecast that temperatures could reach up to 51°C in some parts of the country.
The heat wave is causing problems for residents and businesses alike. Schools have been closed and some construction projects have been delayed. The heat is also taking a toll on the elderly and people with chronic health conditions.
The UAE is no stranger to hot weather, but the recent heat wave is particularly severe. The government is urging residents to take precautions to stay safe during the hot weather.
Here are some tips for staying safe in hot weather:
- Stay indoors as much as possible.
- If you must go outside, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
- Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest hours of the day.
- Check on elderly neighbors and relatives.
- Take care of pets.
If you experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately.
The high temperatures are a reminder of the challenges of living in a desert climate. However, by taking precautions, residents can stay safe and healthy during the hot weather.