Feeling hot or cold?

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It has also been cold in New York, but that is a very different beast. Something called a polar vortex has gripped most of North America and frozen Niagara Falls solid.

Here we can expect the coldest day of the year tomorrow, with a low of 13°C. In New York on Sunday the temperature dropped to –13°C.

Cold, then, is a relative concept. So is heat. It is high summer in New Zealand, where temperatures in the city of Christchurch on Tuesday are expected to hit 19°C. That’s about a degree colder than the highest point of the day expected tomorrow in Abu Dhabi.

Cloud cover to continue with chance of more rain

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Heavy rain fell in Abu Dhabi and Dubai yesterday, with the unsettled weather set to continue.

The maximum temperature on Sunday will be just 22°C with a low of 13°C, forecasters said.

The cloudy weather will continue until Tuesday with a chance of more rain, especially in northern areas, according to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology.

Abu Dhabi to minimise carbon emissions

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Abu Dhabi Although the UAE’s contribution to global carbon emissions is about 0.2 per cent, the nation is taking all measures to minimise the emissions, officials said here yesterday.

However, the UAE and especially Abu Dhabi, have been dubbed as one of the largest contributors of carbon emissions, based on the per-capita emissions — about 37 tonnes. Although this high figure is due to the small population in the emirate, the authorities have stepped up their efforts to minimise the emissions.

Dubai to host first green economy summit in Mena region

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Dubai: Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) and MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, on Thursday announced that Dubai is hosting the first green economy summit in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region on April 15 and 16, 2014, to complement the sustainable future vision of the UAE and global efforts to combat climate change.