It’s Time To Stay Indoors As UAE Temperature Hit A Scorching 49.9 Degrees Celsius

UAE's summer sizzles.

by Deeplata Garde
It’s Time To Stay Indoors As UAE Temperature Hit A Scorching 49.9 Degrees Celsius

The UAE has officially kicked off its summer season with a scorching start, as temperatures soared to a blistering 49.9 degrees Celsius, marking the highest recorded so far this year. Let’s take a closer look at this sizzling phenomenon and how it’s impacting the country.

Record Highs and Hotspots In The UAE

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On Friday, June 21, the mercury peaked at 49.9 degrees Celsius in Mezaira, located in Abu Dhabi, at 3:15 pm local time, setting a new benchmark for the year’s hottest temperature. This record-breaking heatwave isn’t limited to one area; it’s widespread across the UAE. Um Azimul, another weather station, closely followed at 49.8 degrees Celsius by midday, while Hamim also hit 49.9 degrees Celsius simultaneously with Mezaira. Al Jazeera BG and Gasyoura rounded up the top five hottest spots, each recording temperatures above 48 degrees Celsius later in the day.

Summer Solstice And Heatwave Insights

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The soaring temperatures coincided with the UAE’s official commencement of the summer season, aligning with the summer solstice on June 20. This astronomical event marked the longest day of the year, with the Emirates Astronomical Society noting its occurrence at 20:51 GMT, the earliest since 1796 for many global regions.

As the UAE braces itself for the full force of summer, residents and visitors alike are urged to take precautions against the intense heat. Staying hydrated, seeking shade, and avoiding prolonged exposure to direct sunlight are essential. The rising temperatures serve as a stark reminder of the region’s challenging climate during the summer months, necessitating adjustments in daily routines and outdoor activities to stay safe and cool.

Impact on Daily Life and Safety Measures

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The onset of such high temperatures has practical implications for daily life in the UAE. Outdoor activities, especially during midday when temperatures peak, should be limited or conducted with caution. Authorities recommend scheduling outdoor tasks early in the morning or late in the evening when the heat is less intense.

Moreover, the healthcare sector gears up to handle heat-related illnesses during this period. Hospitals and health clinics across the country prepare for an increase in cases such as heat exhaustion and dehydration. Awareness campaigns stress the importance of recognising symptoms and seeking medical help promptly if needed.

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Economic and Environmental Considerations

Beyond health concerns, the extreme heat poses challenges to various sectors of the economy. Industries reliant on outdoor labour, such as construction and agriculture, implement strict guidelines to protect workers. Employers provide shaded rest areas, frequent hydration breaks, and adjust working hours to mitigate the risks associated with high temperatures.

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