Buildings in the Dubai skyline were enveloped by fog on Sunday. Twitter photo
Gulf Today Report
Thick fog engulfed various parts of the country on Sunday morning, dimming the horizontal visibility to a very low level in the inland and middle areas. It prevailed across Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi-Al Ain Road.
There were huge tailbacks; for instance, there was bumper-to-bumper traffic in several areas of Sharjah.
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has issued warnings over the fog and the poor horizontal visibility caused by it, appealing to the motorists driving on external or internal roads leading to those areas to be careful and abide by traffic rules.
The NCM has said that the weather is expected to be fair to partly cloudy and relative humidity will increase during the night
Dubai Police took to social media to inform motorists about speed limits being reduced on key Abu Dhabi, Dubai roads. The police further explained that reducing speed limits on roads helps the traffic situation during the weather fluctuations, particularly fog.
An aerial view of the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.
The modified speed during fog formation is the regular speed on roads until horizontal visibility is clear.
The NCM has warned of the formation of fog and lack of visibility, appealing to motorists to exercise precautions to preserve the public safety.
Among the areas that witnessed heavy rainfall were Wadi Al Ajili in Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah-Kalba Road, while Ekhaidir and Al Dhaid in Sharjah, Muzaira in Ajman and the Masafi and Asfi in Ras Al Khaimah witnessed moderate rain.
NCM expected the formation of clouds in the east and far north, with a possibility of rainfall on Sunday. The lowest temperature (11.2 °C) was recorded on Saturday at 6:45am in Rokna in the city of Al Ain.
The fog began to form on Al Falah, Madinat Zayed, Mezaira’a and Habshan in Al Dhafra Region, on Al Ajban and Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed International Road towards Abu Al Abyad, on Al Bahia Road towards Ghantoot and a number of other areas, the NCM said.
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Both had pleaded not guilty to charges of violating the official secrets act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years. "Three years each, no hard labour," said the source, who declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the issue.
Chanting the same "Women, life, freedom!" mantra used in demonstrations in Iran, about 25 Afghan women protested in front of the Iranian embassy in Kabul, before being dispersed by Taliban forces firing in the air, an AFP correspondent reported.