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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 June 2018

Roads closed due to flooding as heavy rain lashes parts of the UAE

More rain is expected across Sharjah, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah this weekend

Screen grab of a video shared by the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology showing heavy rains lashing the northern emirates. Courtesy NCMS
Screen grab of a video shared by the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology showing heavy rains lashing the northern emirates. Courtesy NCMS

Heavy rain lashed parts of the UAE on Thursday with more expected over the weekend.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) forecast possible rains over some northern and eastern coastal areas of the country between 2.30 and 8.30pm, and the rain came in force.

Police closed the Yabsa bypass road in both directions due to landslides caused by thundering rain, accompanied by lightning, in Fujairah.

They urged the public to stay away from valleys and dams to avoid being swept away by flash-flooding.

NCMS shared videos of flooded wadis in Al Tawyeen area which experienced heavy rain earlier on Thursday.

Heavy, thundering rain also fell over Masafi in Fujairah and Dibba – Masafi road, Wadi Al Hilo in Sharjah, Shawka, Wadi Kob and Al Manaiaa in Ras Al Khaimah.

Forecasters warned that the conditions would cause poor visibility across exposed areas in Sharjah, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah due to strong winds.

Rivers of water ran through Wadi Kob in southern Ras Al Khaimah on Thursday and over the road to Wadi Al Helo in Shawkah, Al Manaiaa.

Meanwhile temperatures will dip to 10°C in the mountains, climbing to 22°C. Along the coast temperatures will range between 18°C and 33°C with a range of 14°C to 34°C expected inland.

Humidity will increase overnight and into the early mornings on Friday and Saturday.

Beach-goers should be warned that seas will be moderate becoming rough with heavy clouds in both the Arabian Gulf and Sea of Oman.