Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 6 August 2020

UAE weather: Dubai and Abu Dhabi set for more rain on Tuesday

The latest weather front is expected to bring heavy showers and strong winds in the afternoon

Related: Dubai families count the cost of damage to homes after worst floods in years

Just when you thought it was safe to wash your car again, a new weather front bringing heavy rain, thunder, lightning, and even hail, is due to sweep in from the Arabian Sea.

A video forecast posted on the National Centre of Meteorology's Twitter page shows a large mass of cloud approaching the UAE coast from the direction of Kuwait on Tuesday.

Forecaster Amna Al Zaabi said the cloud will begin to build in northern and eastern areas on Tuesday afternoon and will gradually extend to some coastal and internal areas, possibly reaching Abu Dhabi.

"The clouds will be associated with some convective clouds, rainfall, thunder, lightning and hail at times. Therefore please be cautious when driving in the rain," she said.

"A decrease in temperatures is also expected, especially over the mountains, and there is a possibility of freezing rain over the mountain peaks."

There will be strong gusts of wind at times over the sea blowing dust and sand over exposed areas, she said.

"The sea will be rough to very rough over the Arabian Gulf and rough in the Oman Sea. The cloud will gradually decrease from Wednesday afternoon, when the weather becomes cloudy to partly cloudy," added Ms Al Zaabi.

The NCM also issued an alert over the threat of fog sweeping across the country on Tuesday morning.

Temperatures could reach 20°C in Abu Dhabi and 21°C in Dubai, the NCM said.

During the weekend, flash floods caused hundreds of traffic accidents in Dubai. Scores of flights were delayed or cancelled due to the heavy flooding that stopped some airport workers getting to work.

The heavy downpours over the last few days has strained the UAE's drainage network leading to flooding on many roads and residential areas.

NCM has carried out cloud seeding missions in an effort to increase rainfall, but the weekend's heavy showers, like those expected on Tuesday and Wednesday, were caused by a strong weather system blowing in off the Arabian Sea from the direction of Kuwait.

They were not the result of cloud seeding, as was reported by some local news sites.

Updated: January 14, 2020 11:12 AM

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