Moderate to heavy rain was falling in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday evening. The sky is still cloudy and more rain is likely.
The UAE capital saw medium to heavy rainfall on Tuesday morning, accompanied by strong winds and cloudy skies.
The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has reiterated its previous warnings to mariners in the Arabian Gulf and Sea of Oman due to the current high seas.
Medium to heavy rain fell on Tuesday in Fujairah, Kalba, Dibba and other places on the UAE’s East Coast, creating pools of water in valleys, roundabouts and streets. Dense cumulous clouds formed early in the morning.
The UAE has been seeing unstable weather since Monday, when clouds increased, especially near coastal areas and islands and the northern areas of the country.
Fujairah Police have warned fishermen against going out to sea because of high waves.
Umm Al Qaiwain on Tuesday morning witnessed heavy to moderate rain accompanied by moderate winds leading to significant decrease in temperatures.
Rain water gathered in low-lying areas and the cloudy sky promises more rain.
Medium to heavy rain fell in Ras Al Khaimah, bringing the temperature down. The skies remain cloudy in several parts of the emirate, promising more showers.
Hold on to those umbrellas just yet, with the wet weather continuing to unleash its gloom across the UAE, well into Wednesday evening.
According to the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology, as of 11.30am today, Ras Al Khaimah was the worst hit, recording 17.2mm of rainfall, followed by Masafi recording 14.2mm and the Abu Dhabi village of Sweihan experiencing 13.4mm of rainfall.
Visibility was also greatly reduced near Al Ain and Sharjah Airport, with the NCMS reporting the rainfall was causing dust and sand to blow across open areas, with high winds of 70kmph adding to the hazy conditions.
Raining in Palm Jumeira,Duba. Pic credit: Allan Dela Cruz
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Dubai Airport Metro station. Pic credit: Junaid Hussain
A spokesperson explained this “unstable weather” further, saying: “The weather has affected the entire country, with the pattern coming in from the northern passage, bringing in rain clouds and showers across UAE.
“The low pressure at the surface has sustained this weather condition, which will carry us into Wednesday, when the weather will gradually start clearing by the evening.”
The weather formation will peak across the North and Eastern regions of the UAE late Tuesday, which should experience another bout of heavy rainfall, albeit no thunderstorms are in store by Mother Nature, according to the NCMS.
The spokesperson continued: “Due to the cloudy conditions and the rain, we have witnessed a five degree Celsius drop in the surface temperatures with today’s weather recording highs of 22 degrees and lows of 14 degrees near the coastal areas; inland will see highs of 24 degrees and lows of 11 degrees.
“Meanwhile, the mountains of Jebel Jais and Jebel Hafeet will witness the lowest temperatures with the former dropping as low as 6 degrees Celsius.”
Even as reports come in of parts of Ras Al Khaimah under water, the NCMS has denied issuing any flash flood warnings, but have requested people to avoid water logging areas and low lying valleys.
“We are continuing with our marine warning for Tuesday and Wednesday, with waves as high as 12 feet being recorded yesterday in the Arabian Gulf waters and the Sea of Oman,” he stated.
The wet weather has also heaped traffic chaos on the roads this morning with as many as seven accidents reported across Dubai and Al Ain by 12.30pm.
Drivers are being cautioned by authorities to drive slow and keep in mind of the slippery, wet roads.
The weather is expected to “relatively clear” by Thursday morning, say the NCMS, with scattered clouds in an otherwise clear UAE skies.
Driving in the rain
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