The United Arab Emirates has recently experienced its coldest temperature of the year, as Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah reported a frigid 4.2ºC at 5am on Saturday morning (February 3), breaking Al Ain's record of 5.3ºC in Raknah on January 10.
The United Arab Emirates reported the coldest temperature of the year at 5 a.m. on Saturday, with a reading of 4.2 ºC at Ras Al Khaimah's Jebel Jais. This was higher than the previous record of 5.3ºC, which was recorded on January 10 at Al Ain. Winter markets and outdoor activities have become more popular as a result of the cooler weather and occasional precipitation.
Despite the chilly temperatures, the question of snow in the desert arises. While snow formation typically requires 0ºC temperatures, the UAE has witnessed rare occurrences in the past, notably in Ras Al Khaimah in 2017 and at Jebel Jais in 2009. As winter continues, there remains a possibility of snow in 2024.
Jebel Jais, the UAE's highest peak at 1,934 meters, attracts residents, hikers, and tourists. Its snow-covered mountains make it a picturesque winter destination. While the UAE experiences milder winters, the recent cold wave has impacted the wider region, with Saudi Arabia recording temperatures below 0ºC, leading to snow on mountaintops in the Tabuk region. Oman is also expected to see temperatures dip to 3ºC at Jebel Shams.
The National Centre of Meteorology had earlier predicted a surface depression affecting the UAE, resulting in clouds, rainfall, and a notable temperature drop on Saturday. This weather condition contributed to rainfall across the country, causing reduced horizontal visibility due to strong winds carrying dust and sand. Despite the winter weather, residents are making the most of the season by engaging in various outdoor activities and enjoying the cooler temperatures.