Tropical cyclone Maha intensifies, rough weather expected in parts of the UAE

The UAE’s east coast is forecast to be affected from Monday to Wednesday

Picture courtesy: NCM

The tropical cyclone hurtling across the Arabian Sea has now intensified with an estimated wind speed of 170 km/hr, the UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology (NCM) announced on Monday.

Now classified as a category 2 cyclone, Maha is forecast to cause “rough seas and water surge” over the UAE’s east coast during the period of high tide from Monday to Wednesday.

The east coast of Oman is also expected to be affected by the cyclone.

Cyclone Maha is expected to “recurve” towards the northwest by Tuesday, NCM stated. The centre is closely monitoring the situation.

Across the rest of the UAE, the weather will remain partly cloudy on Monday. It is expected to become humid by night and Tuesday morning over some coastal and internal areas, with a probability of fog or mist formation.

Temperatures will range between highs of 35 degrees in the internal areas to lows of 14 degrees in the mountains, the NCM said.

Wind speeds may reach up to 40 km/hr over the coastal areas and islands, it added.