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17 April 2024

Unstable weather hits region; more rain forecast in UAE

By Shuchita Kapur

A heavy storm system is currently impacting the entire region and beyond, affecting the entire GCC and parts of North Africa and the Mediterranean.

Last week, heavy storms affected Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, and parts of the Mediterranean. The storms reportedly caused extensive flooding in Tabuk and other areas in north-western Saudi Arabia.

Flash floods stuck the Saudi town of Tabuk on January 28, overwhelming the town and its adjoining cities. The storm system has now moved on further towards the UAE and is also impacting Oman.

Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah reported scattered rainfall all through the weekend, with drizzling that began on Friday expected to continue until Sunday.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the UAE’s official weather forecaster, reckons another day of cooler temperatures and scattered rain in the country.

“The weather will be hazy and partly cloudy in general, becoming cloudy at times, especially over the northern and the eastern areas, with a chance of some rain, especially during the morning,” reads the NCMS forecast for Sunday.

With mercury already slipping by a few degrees over the weekend, the NCMS expects a further drop in daytime temperatures on Sunday. “Another significant fall in day temperatures is expected over most areas. Winds will be north-westerly, fresh to strong, especially over the sea, causing blowing dust/sand, especially over the internal areas, and reducing the horizontal visibility at times,” the day’s weather forecast for the UAE reads.

As reported by this website yesterday, there are red flags raised on most public beaches in Dubai and other emirates, warning beachgoers to avoid venturing into the sea owing to the rough weather.

“Sea will be rough to very rough in the Arabian Gulf, and rough in Oman sea,” the NCMS predicts for Sunday.

Over the past week, most of the country was blanketed by early-morning fog, which caused a number of accidents and resulted in three people losing their lives as a result.

Authorities are advising drivers to maintain caution while driving as the roads are expected to remain slippery and the weather will remain rough on Sunday.

Rain clouds and the rough weather are expected to move to Oman and then further down to the Arabian Sea over the next couple of days.


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