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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 November 2018

UAE weather: Dust clouds persist across the country

An influx of rain is now set to worsen the situation for many

The lack of visibility continues to be a problem in most areas.
The lack of visibility continues to be a problem in most areas.

Dust clouds continue to blanket the UAE, causing traffic delays and inflaming allergies.

And they've been accompanied by rain, especially in the east around Al Ain.

The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) warned on Tuesday to expect more dust clouds during the day with further rain showers.

Already the east of the UAE has been hit by downpours, with the centre posting videos of rain falling on Jebel Hafeet and the Al Foah area of Al Ain on its social media pages.

The dust clouds moved in from Saudi Arabia at the weekend and are persisting because of southerly winds from Oman and Yemen. It was forecast that the weather would clear by Monday evening but now the dust-ups are with us for at least another day.

The NCM on Tuesday said the amount of dust in the air has reduced since Monday and it expects visibility to slowly improve over the next day or two.

Conditions have caused havoc on the country's roads, with Dubai Police reporting 1,000 accidents alone since the weekend.

Police urged motorists to slow down during dust storms and do not take photos or videos while driving.

People with allergies are also warned to stay indoors and seek medical advice if their allergies flare up.

The NCM forecast that temperatures could reach as high as 47C on Tuesday, while it could sink as low as 27C in the mountains.

Winds are set to be light to moderate and humidity could reach as high as 90 per cent on the coastal areas.

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