The UAE's summer is almost over
It’s been a hot summer – not just in the UAE but all over the world, as the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says that global heat records are being smashed. It’s set to be Earth’s hottest year on record, and in the UAE we’ve certainly felt it.
According to Gulf News, the region’s hottest days are almost behind us. A forecaster has said that, although the last two months have seen the maximum temperature reach 48-50 degrees Celsius, it’s about to get cooler.
“Starting on August 22, the temperatures will gradually decrease. As to how much, we cannot really say as it varies from year to year but we estimate this year to be between 2 degrees Celsius and 4 degrees Celsius initially,” a forecaster from the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) told Gulf News.
The forecaster also warned residents not to rely too heavily on temperature readings in their cars, on apps, and on internet weather sites. At NCMS they use the Stevenson screen, which is placed in an area with perfect conditions for reading an accurate temperature.
This news will no doubt please residents who have had a hot few months. Around the world, we’ve had record breaking temperatures this year.
This comes after reports of the temperature reaching 54 degrees Celsius in Kuwait, which is currently being analysed to confirm if it is a new record for the eastern hemisphere. The world record is currently held by Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California, which reached a high of 56.7 Celsius back in 1913.
The fact that this year has seen the warmest six months on record has prompted NASA to share midyear climate analysis for the first time. According to officials, 2015’s current title as the hottest year on record is about to be outdone. Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, has said that there is a 99 percent probability that we’re currently in the hottest year.
Numerous reports claim that scientists were somewhat caught off-guard by the heat, stating that, despite the fact that extreme weather is now more frequent, the World Climate Research Programme was surprised.
"What concerns me most is that we didn't anticipate these temperature jumps," David Carlson, director of the WMO's climate research programme, told Reuters. "Massive temperature hikes, but also extreme events like floodings, have become the new normal. The ice melt rates recorded in the first half of 2016, for example - we don't usually see those until later in the year."