Winter’s still far ahead but cooler months on the way

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Residents expecting winter “to come soon” due to the foggy conditions on Sunday and Monday in the UAE may just hold their excitement for now as winter is still months away, although cooler weather is on the way.

Residents woke to another foggy, misty, and cool morning yesterday as they commuted to work and school. Some of them took to Twitter to share their excitement over the coming winter.

High humidity in UAE set to stay for weeks

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Little respite is in sight from the recent high humidity as forecasters warn people to be ready for several more weeks of sticky conditions.

The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said the humidity is the “transition between the UAE summer and winter” and is an effect of the region’s monsoon season.

The NCMS issued a weather warning on Thursday for “fog formation with poor visibility over some coastal and internal areas during late night and early morning”.

Brace for a wetter winter this year in UAE

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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.

UAE joins discussions on climate change

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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.