Crazy weather ahead so be careful, warn police

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The Department of Traffic and Patrols at Abu Dhabi Police called on the road users to be cautious and adhere to the traffic rules amid variable weather conditions and sandstorms, being witnessed by the UAE.

Brig Hussein Ahmed Al Harethi, director of the department, said that the dust on the road was one of the main causes of the traffic accidents, adding that "this requires motorists to be more cautious and adhere to the traffic regulations".

He urged the motorists to observe the specified speed limit on the highways, especially in the desert, indicating that the light and heavy duty trucks should also observe the specified speed limit.

Rest of week

Motorists and beachgoers will be under the cosh due to unstable weather conditions for the rest of the week.

The National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has warned of low horizontal visibility due to dust and sand storms.
Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rain fell on parts of the western region, according to NCMS.

Rain lashed various parts of Al Ruwais, Al Sela, Zayed City, Tarif and Dalma areas, it added.

"The unstable weather conditions that began on Sunday will continue until Thursday. By Thursday afternoon the weather is expected to calm down, however, there are chances of light rain on Friday and Saturday as well," a forecaster at the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said.

On Tuesday, strong winds kicked up dust bringing visibility down in Abu Dhabi and surrounding areas. "Wind speed reached up to 33 knots in western parts of the country, including in Abu Dhabi city and in areas such as Al Hamra and Al Dhafra, reducing visibility to 800 metres," he said.

Since there has been intermittent rain the chances of skidding of vehicles are especially high, the forecaster said.

On Wednesday, the weather will be cloudy with chances of rain over scattered areas from time to time. The sea will be rough at times.

The UAE witnessed different intensities of rain across the country yesterday.

The highest rainfall was recorded in Owtaib, which received 16 mm of rain. About 7.2 mm rainfall was recorded in Al Ruwais.

From tomorrow afternoon the sea will be rough as north-westerly winds will begin to accelerate over the sea causing a temperature dip in coastal areas.

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