The National Centre of Meteorology, NCM announced that tropical storm “Mekunu” is currently in the Arabian Sea and will not reach the UAE. An influx of moist air that will form clouds and cause rain in the country’s eastern and southern regions is based on the centre’s medium term weather forecast.
The current forecast is predicting that Mekunu will become a first degree tropical cyclone on a latitude of 11.4 degrees north and longitude of 55.9 degrees east. The cyclone’s centre is around 570 kilometres from Salalah and 230 kilometres away from Socotra Island with wind speeds around the centre of 120 to 139 kilometres per hour. The cyclone is moving north and north west at a speed of 11 kilometres per hour.
It may hit the Oman’s coastline on Thursday and affect only the weather in the UAE with rainy and thundery conditions.
The Head of Geodetic and Marine Survey Section, Iman Al Falasi said, “The weather will change on Friday, 25th May, with the activity of the southeastern wet wind which may lead to rainy clouds and mild to moderate rainfall in different areas of Dubai.”
She also said, “The Mekunu influence may increase on Saturday, 26th May with a chance for more clouds and the possibility for sporadic rainfall. The surface wind speed may be up to 30 km / h in some areas and the full effect of the cyclone will be finished by Sunday, 27th May.”