Dubai Climate Change: “TRAFFIC & FLOODS” – Aftermath of heavy rain +DTPC (11.17.'23: 4K-UHD)


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Dubai has a hot desert climate. Dubai has 4 seasons – winter, spring, fall, and summer. Summer in Dubai begins around the last week of April and ends around the first week of October. This period is characterized by extremely hot weather, hot winds and high humidity. Due to the city’s close proximity to the sea, the temperatures in Dubai are slightly milder in summer in comparison to other Gulf cities such as Kuwait City and Riyadh. However, this means the city has high humidity which can make the weather extremely unpleasant in summer. Rainfall is scarce during the summer months, but the windy conditions ensure there are frequent dust storms. Temperatures regularly rise above 38 °C (100 °F) during this period and fall to around 26 °C (79 °F) overnight. Winter in Dubai begins around the last week of October and lasts until the beginning of April. The winter season has the most pleasant weather, making it ideal for outdoor activities. Most of the precipitation takes place during this season. Strong thunderstorms are not uncommon to the city during this period, this is accompanied by strong north-westerly winds and lower temperatures. The Average daytime high during the winter season is around 22 °C (72 °F) with overnight lows of 12 °C (54 °F). Rainfall has been increasing over the past few decades in the city accumulating to more than 130 mm (5.12 in) per year.

The urban heat island effect does take its toll on Dubai as well, for example during the winter months when temperatures regularly fall to around 15 °C (59 °F) and lower in the outskirts of the city and its suburbs, the temperatures in Central Dubai rarely fall below 18 °C (64 °F). This can be clearly seen when comparing weather data from the city’s two airports – Dubai International and Dubai World Central. The highest temperature recorded in Dubai is 49.0 °C (120 °F), reached in July 2019, whereas the lowest recorded temperature in Dubai is 2 °C (36 °F).

February is the wettest month in Dubai with an average of 35 mm (1.4 in) of rain. The weather in Dubai is extremely dry in the month of June with little or no rain; however, heavy rain with thunderstorm can unexpectedly fall on some days in June, despite it is being the driest month in Dubai, with an example being June 21, 2019. March and December also record some amount of rainfall. The rainfall during January, April, July, October and November are about average while the amount of rain in May, August and September are comparatively lower. The hottest months are July and August with the average high temperatures exceeding 43 °C (109 °F). January is the coolest month with the highs of about 24 °C (75 °F) and lows of about 16 °C (61 °F). Dubai tends to be extremely hot and humid in the months of July and August, with temperatures hitting around 45 °C (113 °F), and with lows of barely less than 30 °C (86 °F), making it the most unpleasant time to visit Dubai. During the months of May, June, September, and October, temperatures are hot, but rather quite bearable, with average highs of no more than 41 °C (106 °F) and with lows of about 27 °C (81 °F) on average, making it an ideal time to visit the beach or swimming pool.

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During the summer season, a low pressure area develops over Dubai forcing strong north-westerly winds to blow from Saudi Arabia. These winds, also known as Shamal (north) in Arabic, become gusty and unpredictable on reaching Dubai. Shamal boosts up the desert sand and reduce visibility and the dust storm sandstorms may last for several days. Notable sandstorms and extreme weather events that hit Dubai last year include:
1. From July 26 to 28, 2022, heavy rainfall lashed in Dubai along with other emirates including Sharjah, Ras al Khaimah and Fujairah. Temperatures rapidly dipped from 43 °C (109 °F) to 26 °C (79 °F). Large floods occurred in most areas due to the intense rain, affecting residents. On August 14, 2022, a severe sandstorm hit Dubai and other emirates, reducing visibility to 500 meters.
2. From January 25th to 27th 2023, record breaking rainfall hit Dubai, with a 100mm of rain falling in the span of just 3 days, further temperatures stayed below 18°C for 3 days.

Though Dubai is located in a tropical area, the city and its suburbs were never hit by a depression or cyclonic storm in its past 1000 years due to its geo-morphological location; however, with the shift in climate patterns and climate change, this could soon change.


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