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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

UAE weather: rain may return over the weekend

Fine weather for Thursday but a weekend washout is likely with many areas likely to catch a shower

There's a chance of rain on Saturday. Leslie Pableo for The National
There's a chance of rain on Saturday. Leslie Pableo for The National

Patchy cloud will cover much of the country on Thursday, although sunny spells will pick temperatures up to 30°C before more weekend stormy weather.

Thursday and Friday will be largely fine, with temperatures falling to 18°C in the mountains of the northern emirates.

Outbreaks of rain will return on Saturday, with much of the country likely to catch a shower although it will remain warm with a high of 30°C in Fujairah.

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A freshening wind with speeds reaching 35kph in places will increase the chance of blowing sand and dust, with reduced visibility in exposed areas on Saturday.

More rain is expected on Sunday along coastal areas, with eastern areas most likely to see heavier downfalls. It will also feel cooler on Sunday with temperatures down to about 25°C.

Conditions will be moderate to rough in the Arabian Gulf and moderate in the Sea of Oman for much of the weekend, with worsening maritime conditions on Sunday as wind speeds pick up.