Cyclone Mekunu: National Centre of Meteorology clarifies on landfall in UAE

The weather bureau reiterated that the path of the cyclone is still towards Oman and Yemen

Cyclone Mekunu, which lies some 670km off the coast of Salalah, a southern Omani port city, could cause flooding and damage to homes.

Abu Dhabi: There will be no landfall of Cyclone Mekunu in the UAE, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) said on Wednesday.

Refuting reports that tropical storm that is strengthening in the southwest Arabian Sea will hit Dubai, the weather bureau reiterated that the path of the cyclone is still towards Oman and Yemen.

“There is no direct impact seen on the UAE,” said Mohammad Al Alebri, director of Metoerology Department at NCM said around 5pm on Wednesday.

He said the cyclone was expected to change its category from one to two in the next 36 hours.

“On Friday night it will have landfall on the coast of Oman and the core of the cyclone will reach the land with heavy rainfall by early morning on Saturday.”

Once it is cut off from the sea, its source of power, the cyclone will slowly weaken and gradually dissipate.

“It won’t reach the UAE. However, there will be plenty of water vapor in the atmosphere.”

High temperatures in mountains will trigger more clouds over the eastern and southern parts of the UAE.

“That will cause thunderstorm clouds over eastern and southern areas of the UAE on Saturday, and on Sunday it will be associated with scattered rainfall in eastern parts along the mountains. But as for the cyclone, there will be no direct impact.”

The NCM spokesperson said the centre is continuously monitoring the situation and issuing regular updates on its website and social media channels.

The weather department urged residents to refrain from spreading rumours and reports that are not verified by NCM, the authorised entity to issue weather related reports and alerts in the country.



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