It is no secret that it is seriously heating up in the United Arab Emirates... so hot that parked cars are literally bursting into flames. 

According to Khaleej Times, seven cars have caught fire due to the scorching heat in the past two months in the Umm Al Quwain emirate. 

Just this Wednesday morning, two vehicles were reportedly engulfed in flames in the country. 

According to media reports, one vehicle suddenly burst into flames around 10 AM on Wednesday on Al Ittihad Road in Umm Al Quwain. Officials say the car was parked and was not operating, Gulf News reported.

Investigations are currently underway into the reasons behind the fire, which is suspected to have been triggered by the sweltering heat.

A similar accident was reported in Dubai around the same time, as a mini bus carrying 27 passengers caught fire on Shaikh Zayed Road while it was traveling from Abu Dhabi to Dubai Media City.

Firefighters arrived just in time to both incidents, managing to put out the flames and stop them from spreading. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

At least 7 cars have burst into flames in the UAE during recent weeks

The blazing heat has taken its toll on many vehicles in recent weeks, burning some of them to ashes. 

In July, a heavy truck completely charred on Emirates Road apparently due to high temperatures, according to Khaleej Times

Late in June, a four-wheel-drive car was reduced to ashes in Umm Al Quwain. 

How does this happen?

Racing, illegal modification, and improper maintenance are among the most common causes of car fires, which are often accelerated by the heat.

Buying parts from unauthorized dealers makes vehicles prone to leaks, increasing the chances of the vehicles catching fire as they include many flammable fluids.

Vehicle owners are thus advised to carry out regular maintenance services and check for any possible fuel or oil leaks, especially in summer.