Expect a wetter winter this year and a generally rainy spring next year due to the strengthening El Niño, climatologists have said. El Niño is the warm phase of the ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) phenomenon, which is measured by the sea surface temperatures (SSTs) of the band of warm ocean water that develops in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific Ocean. The cold phase of ENSO is called La Niña.
A UAE high-level delegation attended the September Paris Ministerial Consultations, the second in a series of meetings being held in an effort to find political consensus on key issues of contention in the lead up to a landmark global climate agreement expected to be reached at the UN climate conference, COP21, in Paris in December.
The second ministerial consultation discussions focused on two important issues, which representatives hope will be resolved ahead of COP 21, how the new agreement can include a mechanism to help countries adapt to the physical impacts of climate change, and mechanisms for providing support, through finance, technology transfer and capacity building to developing countries.
Nearly half of 33 countries expected to face extremely high water stress by 2040 are in the Middle East, where surface water is limited and demand is high, said experts who ranked 167 nations.
Thirteen Middle Eastern countries plus the Palestinian Territories are projected to face extremely high water stress in 25 years’ time, and eight fell in the global Top 10: Bahrain, Kuwait, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, UAE, territory claimed by the Israeli regime, Saudi Arabia and Oman.
Cyclone Ashobaa is now just 160km away from Oman, with heavy rain and high winds expected, according to the latest update from meteorologists.
Satellite imagery as well as weather station observations in the region reveal the storm is currently to the south-east province of the UAE’s southerly neighbour.