- UAE Temperature Crosses 50°C for the first time this summer, according to the National Centre of Meteorology.
- The scorching heatwave sets a new record for the highest temperature recorded in 2023 in the UAE.
- Doctors advise residents to stay indoors during peak heat hours and avoid direct sun exposure.
- Hydration and wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and light-colored clothing are recommended to prevent heat-related issues.
- The ‘Midday Break’ initiative, banning work in open spaces or under direct sunlight from 12:30 PM to 3 PM, is in effect to protect employees during peak summer heat.
- Non-compliant employers can face fines of Dh5,000 per worker, with a maximum fine of Dh50,000 for multiple violations.
- Residents are urged to prioritise their well-being and take necessary precautions to combat the extreme temperatures.
In a scorching start to the summer, the United Arab Emirates witnessed its mercury soar above 50°C for the first time this season, according to the National Centre of Meteorology. The UAE joined the list of countries grappling with high temperatures, as millions worldwide battle record-breaking heat forecasts.
Over two consecutive days, the temperature peaked at 50.1°C, marking the highest recorded temperature of 2023 in the UAE. The scorching heat was particularly felt in Bada Dafas (Al Dhafra Region) in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, July 15, and Sunday, July 16.
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As a result, doctors have advised residents to prioritise their health and safety by staying indoors during peak heat hours and minimising direct sun exposure. Hydration is crucial to prevent electrolyte imbalances, and individuals should wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing for added protection.
It is important to note that the UAE’s ‘Midday Break’ initiative, implemented by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE), is currently in effect. The initiative, now in its 19th year, prohibits work in open spaces or under direct sunlight from 12:30 PM to 3 PM, offering protection for employees during the peak summer heat.
Non-compliant employers face fines of Dh5,000 per worker, with a maximum fine of Dh50,000 for multiple violations during the restricted hours.
As extreme temperatures persist, residents are urged to prioritise their well-being and take necessary precautions to beat the heat. Stay informed, stay safe, and stay cool during this scorching summer season.