Temperatures are expected to reach as high as 48°C in parts of the country this Thursday
19 June 2018| Last updated on 13 November 2018
According to reports from the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), temperatures are set to reach 48°C in the UAE.
This Thursday will bring with it the longest day of the year, and the official start of summer. This year's summer solstice in the UAE will fall on June 21st at 2:07PM - which is when the North Pole is angled closest to the sun, and the sun's rays will fall perpendicularly on the Earth's Tropic of Cancer at 23°30’ North latitude.
Due to the UAE being located so close to the tropic, this Thursday will be the longest day - and will have 13 hours and 42 minutes of sunlight. Long, in comparison to the shorter days experienced in the winter solstice.
Reports shared by the country's NCMS also explain that residents in the western parts of the country are likely to experience high humidity, especially over the coast.
UAE temperatures over summer months
Of course, this high temperature in the UAE for this year's summer solstice doesn't automatically mean it will start getting cooler in the country again.
While days may become gradually shorter, temperatures will still increase - as we all know. In fact, months July and August are set to bring us temperatures at 48°C and higher throughout the day. Temperatures will also remain above 40 during evenings.
Due to the increase in temperatures across the country, it will actually feel like it's close to above 60 degrees Celsius in parts. Experts state that this is normal for this time of year in the UAE.
Partner those temperatures with the northwesterly and westerly winds we're expecting for the next few weeks and, we're sorry to say, summer in UAE is completely in full swing.
If it wasn't warm enough already...