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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 April 2019

UAE weather: rain to bring a drop in temperatures

A band of rain from the outskirts of Madinat Zayed to the tip of Ras Al Khaimah will pass through the country to Oman

A woman walks along the Sheikh Hamdan Mosque in Deira. Overcast skies will turn to rain on Satuday. Victor Besa / The National
A woman walks along the Sheikh Hamdan Mosque in Deira. Overcast skies will turn to rain on Satuday. Victor Besa / The National

Rain will sweep across the country on Saturday bringing with it a drop in temperatures.

According to forecasters, overcast skies are expected to develop into rain by the early afternoon.

An animated projection from forecasters Windy.com shows a band of rain from the outskirts of Madinat Zayed in Abu Dhabi emirate to the tip of Ras Al Khaimah that will pass through the country to Oman.

The rain will be coupled with winds averaging speeds between 20 to 35kph but could travel as fast at 50kph.

Water will be rough to very rough in the Arabian Gulf and moderate, turning choppy in the Sea of Oman.

Temperatures will vary between 13°C to 24°C along the coasts and between 10°C to 25°C inland. In the mountainous areas of the country, temperatures will drop as low as 9°C and peak at 20°C.

Cool conditions are expected to continue over the next few days, making it a chilly Christmas in the Emirates.

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Some rain is expected on Sunday evening in Abu Dhabi but it should otherwise be a dry week, according to forecasters.

High humidity overnight and cooler temperatures will cause fog to form in small pockets around the country.

On Saturday, fog was reported in Al Ain, Madinat Zayed, Al Dhafra and the area between Dubai and Fujairah.

Fog is not expected near any of the country's airports, which will come as welcome news to Christmas travellers - particularly after flights were grounded last year.

Updated: December 22, 2018 11:13 AM

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