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23 May 2024

Rains in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

By Bindu Rai

The UAE’s weather bureau has confirmed heavy rainfall has commenced in parts of Abu Dhabi and Dubai at noon on Tuesday.

The NCMS stated: “Heavy rain over Abu Dhabi-Dubai road, Bani Yas and Khalifa City.”

Residents such as Grant in Abu Dhabi have tweeted: “Rain and thunderstorms here just now in UAE. Sounds like it’s right above my apartment!”

Motorists around Dubai Sports City have also reported scattered showers in the vicinity since 11.30am, while people at the Dubai World Drone Prix are also reporting heavy rain and strong winds in the area.

Rain in UAE for next three days

As the UAE, along with neighbouring Oman and Qatar, brace for 'unstable weather' to sweep across the region, authorities warn residents to follow bulletins and adhere to caution.

On Tuesday morning, NCMS tweeted: "Rain over Khalifa city and some of the surroundings".

The UAE experienced thunderstorms and scattered rainfall over most of Monday, even as Oman combats flash-floods across pockets of the country.
Even Qatar hasn't escaped the wrath of the weather, ‎with the country's Met office tweeting in the early hours of Tuesday: "Scattered thunder showers are observed. Please be careful and avoid venturing into sea."
The weather in the UAE is 'likely to remain unstable', according to the country's National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), which added: "The amount of  clouds will increase over scattered areas and towering  clouds may develop with chance of scattered rain."
The rainfall will be accompanied with moderate winds, freshening at times, while the Arabian Gulf and the Oman Sea could become rough in case of cloud activity.
‎"The unstable weather is likely to persist over the country on Wednesday," stated the NCMS, adding that the amounts of clouds will increase over scattered areas, accompanied with towering clouds, especially over the northern and eastern areas with a chance of scattered rain.
The weather will sustain a similar pattern most of Thursday too, with the relative humidity peaking at night, giving rise to Friday early morning fog.
Meanwhile, authorities in Northern Emirates have issued advisories, even as the UAE's National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has issued alerts via its official Twitter account, requesting all residents to avoid taking riskson the roads during this unstable weather, along with keeping regular checks on bulletins via official social media accounts of the authorities.
Both, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah Police, have issued corresponding advisories, as they prepare for the next few days.
RAK Police Authority earlier stated patrols have been increased, with 50 officers deployed across various roads in the emirate, focusing on low lying wadis prone to flash-floods, along with residential areas.
Ambulances and rescue teams have also been placed on alert.
Motorists in the emirate also need to be aware that RAK authorities have closed access to some roads, which get waterlogged, as a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile, Brigadier Mohammed bin Naya Al Tunaiji, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Fujairah Police has issued a directive to intensify the presence of traffic patrols and security across all internal and external areas of the emirate.
The Air Wing has also been placed on alert in lieu of hard to reach areas affected by rain in the coming days.

Rolling thunderstorm; mercury to dip, rains this week

Residents in several parts of the UAE, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, heard  rolling thunderstrom last night and woke up to rainfall in the early hours of Monday morning.

The UAE’s weather bureau has stated the wet weather will continue for another 72 hours, bringing high winds and rough seas in the following days.

The country’s National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has further stated temperatures will dip in wake of the unstable weather, with internal areas recording lows of 12 degrees Celsius.

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The NCMS further stated, most of Monday and Tuesday will experience scattered showers over the northern coastal and internal areas, with cloud cover increasing gradually.

Easterly to northeasterly winds will pick up momentum, even as the sea becomes rough with increased cloud activity.

Storm Centre posted a video of a lightning storm over Yas Island earlier on Monday. (Credit: Twitter)

The unstable weather will peak on Wednesday, with cloud cover continuing to increase, which will be further associated with towering clouds, especially over the northern and eastern areas with scattered rain of different intensities.

Northeasterly to northerly winds will be felt, with the Arabian Gulf becoming rough with cloud activity.

Residents of Bur Dubai noted thunder activity striking the neighbourhood in the early morning hours on Monday, with Kiran Bhatia saying: “I was woken up around 4am with the boom of a thunderclap and the sound of rainfall. The thunder was shortlived but lightening display lasted much longer.”

The NCMS has confirmed rain commenced across most of UAE, with Abu Dhabi city, Khalifa City, Al Ruwais, Al Ain, most of Dubai experiencing different intensities of rainfall since late Sunday night.


Fog on the ground... cloudy skies... rain forecast in UAE today

Unstable weather is expected to continue today until tomorrow morning, with the cloud cover increasing over the UAE, reported NCMS.

Scattered rains forecast, especially by night today and tomorrow morning.

Sea will be moderate to rough, with minimum temperatures in internal areas to hover between 10 and 15 degree Celsius.


Overcast skies; scattered rain

UAE residents woke up to overcast skies on Saturday, with some parts of Dubai witnessing drizzles.

Cloud cover is expected to increase westwards by night with light rain over the islands, reports NCMS.

Minimum temperatures in internal areas will hover around 15 degree Celsius with a maximum of 33 degree Celsius. While on the mountains, it could dip to 7 degree Celsius.

Scattered rains are forecast for tomorrow as well, as unstable weather is expected to continue for the next two days, according to NCMS forecast.

Scattered rain over 72 hours; fog‎ to affect UAE

As Fujairah and it's surrounding areas pick up after the past 48 hours of deluge, waterlogging and overflowing wadis, the weather on Friday is expected to return to calmer climes.

The UAE’s National Center for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has confirmed Friday could see a few convective clouds accumulating over the eastern part of the country by noon, but the scattered showers would be few and limited.

A spokesperson for the NCMS further added: "On Wednesday, Dibba experienced the majority of rainfall, measuring 33 millimeters, while the mountain ranges saw heavy rain and thunderstorms.

"The rain on Friday will subside mostly, with a rise in temperatures and the humidity levels giving rise to early morning fog over the western and inland areas of the UAE."

The tumultuous weather will resurrect itself once again on Saturday, with an increase of clouds over the islands and the west by late night.

Image courtesy Indrani Bose

The Mercury is expected to rise further, stated the‎ weather bureau, before taking a dip on Sunday following scattered showers across the western part of UAE, namely Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

The sea is expected to be moderate on Friday and most of Saturday, becoming rough at times in the Arabian Gulf with the vicinity of clouds.