48 hours of rain forecast for UAE

RAK reported many visitors driving to the Emirate to see flooded valleys. (Al Bayan)

The wet weather that has brought thunderstorms and hail to parts of the UAE is expected to continue for another 48 hours, before the cycle ceases until the weekend.

Flooded wadis in Hatta and hail in Shawka, Ras Al Khaimah has brought unprecedented stormy climes to the eastern and western inland areas of the country.

The UAE's National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) forecasts the following two days will continue to see showers over the northern parts of the country, along with western Al Ain and areas bordering Oman.

Wet weather will also persist in areas such as Liwa and Madinat Zayed, albeit the formation of convective clouds will be to a lesser degree than the torrential showers that have been experienced in Hatta, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah these past few days.

A spokesperson with NCMS stated: "What we are seeing in UAE is a cyclical weather system, which brought heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, along with hail, these past four days.

“The weather will gradually ease up over the next 72 hours before the cloud formation over the sea carries forth another cycle of rain showers by this weekend."

The NCMS stated the weakening of the weather system has already commenced, with Wednesday seeing 38 litres of rainfall over one square metre at its peak, before the stormy climes gradually eased out to pockets of unstable weather.

The spokesperson added: "On Saturday, we saw Manama experience 7mm of rainfall, Al Fakah was 3.4mm, while Jebel Jais was 2mm. 

"By Monday and Tuesday, the rainfall could be even less in those areas."

Quizzed whether the unstable weather system experienced in parts of the UAE was part of a greater storm that has swept through Saudi Arabia over the weekend, and the NCMS denied this was the case.

On Friday, strong winds and heavy rains caused a crane to fall through the Grand Mosque in Mecca, resulting in 107 people killed in the tragic accident.

The NCMS stated: "What happened was a sudden violent storm, which was a lone incident and not related to any weather system that is sweeping across the Gulf. It is also highly unlikely to develop again in such a manner."

Residents of the UAE, meanwhile, should brace themselves for three days of a spike in humidity levels that will cause fog over coastal and western parts of the country. 

Al Ain rain

For the third consecutive day, heavy to medium rain lashed Al Ain, ‘Al Ittihad’ newspaper reports.
The rains fall on Jebel Hafeet, Al Mabzarah Al Khadra’a, Namah area, Zakhir, Al Tawaya, Al Markhanih, Al Khbisi and Airport Road, yesterday.

Rain also fell on Al Dhaher and Mazyad areas.
Cumulus clouds blocked the sunlight and covered the sky in Al Ain, which led to lower temperatures.

Public parks of  Al Ain witnessed a great number of families and children enjoying oderate showers.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has forecast that the weather today will be partly cloudy and sometimes some dusty.

The wind will be mild to moderate with increasing relative humidity at coastal areas.

Rain in RAK

Areas in Ras Al Khaimah yesterday experienced rain for the third day. This resulted in a number of mountain valleys experiencing heavy water flow and a significant drop in temperature.

A district official quoted by Al Bayan expressed his joy at the rains that brought visitors to watch the water flow in the valleys.

NCMS warns of winds, rains

The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has urged motorists to exercise caution, reduce speed and keep enough distance between vehicles due to active winds.

In a statement released, the NCMS warned of the formation of cumulus clouds, possibly accompanied by rains and active winds in some eastern regions.

Wet weather from Oman to UAE

If the flooded wadis of Hatta brought traffic to a standstill on Wednesday, the situation this weekend could be equally grim as the UAE’s weather bureau forecasts more rainfall over the next 48 hours.

The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) for the UAE stated the torrential downpour in Hatta on Wednesday saw approximately 38 litres of rainfall over one square metre at the storm’s peak.

The NCMS has further forecasted thunder activity over the western inland parts of the UAE, along with the eastern mountainous region on Friday, with a similar pattern extending this weather into Saturday.

Speaking with Emirates 24|7, a spokesperson at NCMS stated: “The wet weather we are seeing has shifted from Oman to UAE over the past few days, with the Hatta rains first originating around 40 kilometres across the border first, before the deluge we saw on Wednesday.

“The weather pattern will continue into the weekend too, with convective clouds embedded with rain over UAE’s western inland areas, including Madinat Zayed and Liwa, along with the eastern mountains.”

The spokesperson further stated: “There could be thunderous activity also, similar to what Hatta experienced, which saw 38 litres of rainfall spread over one square metre.”

The NCMS has also warned residents, humidity levels are also expected to spike over the weekend, especially in the western regions at night, with Saturday morning seeing fog formation over the western coastline of Abu Dhabi.

The Mercury, meanwhile, will remain stet, averaging low forties inland and high thirties near the coastal parts.

Quizzed whether this weekend weather pattern in the UAE was connected to the sandstorm that has swept across parts of Syria, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia this past week, and the NCMS stated the two systems are not connected.

On Wednesday, the massive sandstorm, which has left eight dead in its wake, descended on to Jeddah like a dark shroud, plunging the city into total darkness at 6pm.

The storm lasted approximately 40 minutes, rattling windows, causing property damage and health issues for those with respiratory problems.

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