The arrival of sweater weather might be a bit behind schedule, but Jebel Jais Mountain, the UAE's northernmost point, surprised residents on Sunday morning by registering the lowest temperature since the beginning of winter.
While the sweater season may be fashionably late, the unexpected dip in temperature to 3.4°C at Jebel Jais on Sunday certainly delivered a taste of winter chill to the desert city of Ras Al Khaimah.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, at 5 a.m., an icy temperature of 4.2 oC was recorded at Jebel Jais, outdoing Al Ain's previous record of 5.3 oC in Raknah on January 10. The variation in temperatures over the past week can be attributed to a surface depression originating from the southwest, combined with humid southeasterly winds.
The UAE experienced rainfall and lightning across several regions, with recorded rains in six out of the seven emirates, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Quwain. Even Khor Fakkan witnessed rainfall.
As the Scorpion Season begins, astronomer Ibrahim Al-Jarwan, a member of the Arab Federation for Space and Astronomy, predicts increased rainfall throughout February. This 40-day period, lasting from February 6 to March 17, is characterized by abundant rain and fluctuating winds between the Northwest and Northeast.
During the early stages of the Scorpion Season, the northern regions of the Arabian Island, including the Al Jouf region, will experience a winter freeze, commonly referred to as the 'February frost.' This climatic phenomenon is particularly noteworthy during the first and second weeks of February.
Experts from the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) note that the UAE has been experiencing a milder winter compared to previous years. December has seen higher average temperatures and less rainfall than in the past, highlighting the changing weather patterns in the region.