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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

UAE weather: Rain showers to get heavier through to Monday

Officials warn of a chance of flooding in wadis and low visibility on motorways

Rainy weather is expected over the weekend. Courtesy Tara Atkinson
Rainy weather is expected over the weekend. Courtesy Tara Atkinson

Showers that started overnight will continue throughout the weekend and will get heavier on Saturday and Sunday.

“Clouds have moved from the west from Saudi Arabia towards the Arabian Gulf, it is moving from west to east, the clouds started passing by yesterday and today and are causing light rainfall until later tonight,” said an official from the National Center of Meteorology and Seismology.

The NCMS started tweeting videos of the rain shared by motorists last night. The below video shows rain on the new Emirates Road in Ras Al Khaimah.

“Starting Saturday afternoon the rain will increase and become heavier and the temperature will drop.”

Accompanying winds will blow dust and cause low visibility, however, there are no signs of it developing into a dust storm.

On Sunday the rain will be heaviest on coastal areas, including Abu Dhabi, and the Northern Emirates.

“There could be some lightning and thunder especially over the sea.”

“The wind will become more active whether from the southerly or the north easterly, which will decrease visibility on open roads.”

The winds will start on the coasts and extend towards internal northern areas and in the mountains on Sunday morning.

“The rain will extend over the entire country, including Al Ain and the Western Region, it will cary between heavy, moderate and light.”

He warned motorists on Sunday morning, especially those driving to schools, to drive with caution.

The sea will continue to be rough from Saturday to Monday, “normal boats should avoid the sea.”

Since the weather is not stable, it is not possible for fog to form, he added.

There is a chance wadis could flood. Jeff Topping / The National
There is a chance wadis could flood. Jeff Topping / The National

“As we expect the rain to be heavy over the mountains, water will probably accumulate in some canyons, considering the nature of the canyons when there is rain water starts to flow there which could be dangerous if someone is standing inside the wadi,” he concluded.

The lowest temperature recorded on Friday was in Dmatha reaching 11.5°C and on top of the UAE’s highest peak Jebel Jais reaching 12.2°C at 7:15 am. Meanwhile, the highest temperature recorded over the country yesterday 34.3°C in Qsyoura at 2:45 pm.

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