Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 July 2019

UAE weather: Dubai and Abu Dhabi under rain clouds with severe storms to continue until the weekend

Temperatures will cool on Wednesday but winds will pick up speed, causing rough conditions across the Arabian Gulf

The UAE woke up to another stormy day on Wednesday – and forecasters warn the weather will only worsen over the weekend, bringing the potential of flash flooding.

Satellite images show the entire country covered by cloud bringing heavy rain, thunder and lightning, as the National Centre for Meteorology issued a weather warning in force until 6pm.

Rain and strong winds will bring dust storms reducing visibility to less than 2 kilometres at times, it said.

Rainfall will begin over scattered areas in the west and on the coast, spreading inland and towards northern parts of the country. The rain will be heavy at times and accompanied by occasional thunder and lightning.

Abu Dhabi Police issued an alert urging motorists to drive carefully and avoid taking videos on their phones, while Dubai Police warned drivers to reduce their speed to avoid aquaplaning.

The unsettled period is expected to last into next week.

But from Friday night into Sunday it will intensify, bringing rain of different intensities “over most areas,” which will be accompanied by hail, thunder, lightning and even flash flooding.

Temperatures today will range between from 22°C and 29°C in Abu Dhabi, and 24°C and 28°C in Dubai, the weather bureau said.

Winds are expected to pick up slightly from Tuesday and may reach up to 65kph by the coast, causing dust storms in exposed areas.

The wind will make conditions rough to very rough at times in the Arabian Gulf. But the Sea of Oman will be moderate.

Updated: April 10, 2019 08:39 AM

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