The temperature shot up to 48 degrees Celsius in some inland areas on Monday, making it the hottest day of the year so far.
Conditions were brutal after midday in Al Ain, Suweihan, Liwa and a number of places located deep in the desert. The sun was, however, slightly less ferocious in coastal areas with a maximum temperature of around 41 degrees Celcius, according to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).
Forecasters also warned of steady high temperatures in the next couple of days.
“We expect the daytime temperature to be between 44C and 48C, dropping to 28C to 32C at night,” he said.