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24 April 2024

Rain, 10-feet waves for UAE; Saudi deluge; Oman thunderstorms [video]

By Bindu Rai

The UAE, along with neighbouring Oman, is bracing for 'unstable weather', even as Saudi Arabia battles a storm surge that has seen a deluge in Makkah over the past 24 hours.
The UAE’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has forecast rainfall across UAE on Wednesday, with rough seas seeing wave height reaching 10 feet or more.

Credit: @storm_UAE

A low-pressure system moving eastwards, which has left a trail of heavy rainfall across Saudi Arabia, will make its way over UAE skies by morning hours, with wet weather affecting scattered areas of the country that may include Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates.

Credit: @storm_UAE

Meanwhile, a separate weather system moving upwards from the Indian Ocean will impact Oman, with the Public Authority of Civil Aviation (Paca) issuing an alert warning of thunderstorms and strong winds that could affect Buraimi, Mussandam, Al Batinah, Muscat and Al Hajar Mountain range that forms a natural border with the UAE.
“The low pressure system that has affected Saudi Arabia over the past 24 hours will move eastwards towards the UAE on Wednesday, with rainfall and unstable weather over scattered areas.

“Temperatures will also take a slight dip in its wake, with the weather being especially cold at night,” an NCMS spokesperson told Emirates 24|7.

Credit: @storm_UAE

“The Arabian Gulf and the Oman Sea will be rough to very rough over the next 24 hours, with wave height possibly reaching 10 feet or higher,” the spokesperson added.
The weather system is expected to clear by Thursday morning, with less chance of rainfall and a probability of fog and mist as humidity levels rise.
A fog alert is also in place for Friday morning.
On Tuesday, the low-pressure system caused waterlogging in several areas in Saudi Arabia with Makkah and Taif affected.
Videos posted on social media by witnesses in the area also showed flooded wadis.