Dense fog blankets an area in Sharjah on Sunday.
Dense fog covered various areas of the UAE on Sunday morning, reducing visibility to less than 200 metres.
Motorists and morning commuters were taken by surprise by the unexpected weather.
The fog, which lasted for several hours, led horizontal visibility to decline to the lowest levels and sometimes zero.
The UAE authorities have urged motorists to reduce speed when driving on highways, and if possible pull over if the fog affects the visibility.
A customer service staff with Emirates Airlines said that all fights for Sunday morning were on time. There were no delays, or cancellations.
The fog was the impact of an extension of a surface trough pressure, accompanied with an extension of upper air trough.
Gulf Today reporter went out in the morning to catch a glimpse of the traffic and residents.
The traffic was moving at a slow pace due the reduced visibility.
There were no reports of accident.
Residents were seen wearing facemasks, and were indulging in healthy activities.
On the empty strip of the Sharjah near the Maryam Island, a band of cyclists were seen riding.
One of the cyclists said, “Strong winds are affecting their ride and that the visibility is very low.”
They were the planning to return to their homes.
The National Center of Meteorology (NCM) said weather over the coming few days would be humid and partly cloudy.
The winds will be south-westerly to north-westerly, light to moderate and strong sometimes and sand-stirring during the day at 20 to 30 and up to 40 km/hour.
The lowest temperature recorded over the country on Sunday morning was 23.8°C in Al Jazeera BG at 4:30am.
Fog causes low visibility across some internal and external routes in Dubai. Stay focused on the road, reduce your speed and maintain a safe distance, said Dubai Police.
Ras Al Khaimah police also transported about 170 other people from the mountains after they were stranded.
The NCM has expected that the volatile weather may remain likely today with rainfall of different intensities over most areas of the country, associated with thunder activity at times and hailstones fall.
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