In the UAE, temperatures have reached an alarming high, with the mercury hitting 50.8ºC in Sweihan today. This measurement was taken at 3:45pm local time, as reported by the National Centre of Meteorology.

Only yesterday, on July 8, 2024, the country experienced a temperature of 50.7ºC, marking the second consecutive day the mercury surpassed the 50ºC threshold. As the country enters its peak summer period, which typically starts in mid-July, an expert notes that the Ministry of Health and Prevention has previously defined what constitutes a heatwave. A simple increase in temperature does not qualify as a heatwave; rather, it is defined by temperatures exceeding the average for multiple consecutive days.

Despite the intense heat across the nation, some regions will experience relief as summer showers are forecasted to continue until September.