ABU DHABI // UAE authorities warned motorists to drive carefully on Wednesday as heavy fog swept over most areas of the country, while flights to and from Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports were delayed.
Dubai Airports reported that heavy fog disrupted operations on Wednesday morning at Dubai International, resulting in delays of up to an hour on arriving and departing flights.
“Dubai Airports is working with airlines, air traffic control and control authorities to minimise customer inconvenience.”
The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology and the Ministry of Interior issued warnings that visibility was reduced to less than 50 metres on major highways.
Dubai Police and Roads and Transport Authority urged drivers to use low-beam headlights and use indicators when changing lanes.
“Leave enough distance between vehicles ahead and do not overtake the front vehicles,” Dubai Police said via its Twitter account.
Both Abu Dhabi Police and Dubai Police repeatedly warned drivers not to use hazard lights unless they have come to a complete stop, saying that any intended change of direction the driver takes cannot be signaled to other motorists.
The centre said humidity is expected to increase during the night and early morning, reaching 99 per cent along the coast and inland.
Coastal areas are expected to have a maximum temperature of 31°C and minimum of 14°C, while internal areas are expected to have a maximum of 34°C and minimum of 10°C.
Waters are expected to be moderate to rough in the Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea.
By National Staff thenational.ae