UAE’s heatwave causes temperatures to reach a record 50.8°C

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UAE's heatwave causes temperatures to reach a record 50.8°C

The UAE is currently experiencing an unprecedented heat wave, with temperatures rising by two to three degrees across the desert, inland, and coastal areas of the Arabian Peninsula.

The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has predicted that this heatwave will continue for five days, with temperatures ranging from 40°C to 45°C in various cities today.

The highest recorded temperature reached 50.8°C in Al Shawamekh, Abu Dhabi, and Sweihan, Al Ain, on Tuesday, as reported by the NCM. The temperature peaked at 14:45 in Al Shawamekh and at 15:45 in Sweihan.

Earlier this year, in April, Dubai experienced its heaviest rainfall in 75 years, highlighting a stark contrast to the current heatwave. These fluctuations underscore the region’s susceptibility to climate change.

The UAE government has taken notice of these changes and published a National Adaptation Plan in 2023, ahead of hosting the COP28 global conference, to evaluate the country’s vulnerability to climate impacts.

The report cautions about a potential increase in average annual temperatures by 2-3°C starting from 2060 and a possible doubling of annual rainfall in Dubai, Sharjah, and the northern emirates.

The current heatwave underscores the urgent need for climate resilience and proactive measures to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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