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Hot, Dusty Official Start to the Summer This Weekend

Friday marks the official start of this year's sticky, sand-blown summer

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19 June 2019

Last updated on 20 June 2019
UAE Summer is Officially Starting This Weekend

With temperatures reaching as high as 48°C, this Friday will have us walking in sunshine.

This Friday marks the official start of summer. June solstice (Summer Solstice) will fall on June 21 7:54PM and will be the longest day of the year at three hours, nine minutes longer than on December solstice (Winter Solstice).

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According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), humidity levels are set to rise between 70 – 90% and will be felt along waterside areas, especially in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi.

Residents may feel sticky and uncomfortable when outdoors, particularly during the early morning and late evenings.

Weather forecast is hazy and partly cloudy

At a speed of 20 – 30 km/hour, often even reaching 50 km/hour, there will be moderate winds across the country. Wind-blown dust and sand will contribute to poor visibility, as shared by NCM.

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The Arabian Gulf will be experiencing rough seas, and moderate to rough in the Oman Sea.

What does summer solstice mean?

It occurs when one of the Earth’s poles is tilted furthest toward the sun. The Northern hemisphere will be experiencing the longest day of the year, whereas those in the Southern hemisphere will experience the least daylight hours and the longest night.

Neither the summer nor winter solstice falls on the same day every year. This is largely attributed to minor differences in the Gregorian calendar.