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Dust Haze to Last Till Monday.

Summary: Dusty weather prevailing in most parts of the UAE since Thursday is likely to continue till Monday, the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said.

A weather office spokesperson told Khaleej Times the dust surge was the result of sandstorm originating in Eastern Iraq. oThis is quite usual every summer, and the effect is likely to wane after two days,o he said.

Visibility has reduced considerably in many parts of the country, notably the Western region, where it has come down to 500 metres. It should improve Monday onwards.

The NCMS has advised all sections of people, particularly those driving, to take precautions even though C there were no reports of accidents. Those with asthma have been advised extra care.

The Coast Guard is on alert and is monitoring marine traffic in low visibility. oWe are keeping them posted about the changes in weather every six hours,o the NCMS spokesperson said.

The hazy and hot weather will persist by day in the next 48 hours and there are chances of some towering clouds in the mountains by afternoon.

The day temperature was over 42 degrees Celsius on Thursday. Humidity was above 60 per cent everywhere except Dubai, where it was 55 per cent.

Abu Dhabi remained accident free. Dubai had 15 minor accidents with no injuries reported.

ramavarman@khaleejtimes.ae

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Aug 4, 2009
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