Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 19 September 2020

Weather: Rain and thunder lash the UAE, with more on the way

Authorities warn motorists to drive carefully during wet conditions

The UAE was battered by heavy rain and strong winds overnight, leaving roads and residential areas waterlogged.

After scattered showers fell late afternoon on Saturday, the downpour lashed parts of the Emirates shortly before midnight accompanied by light thunder.

The National Centre of Meteorology said more is expected in the coming days.

Following the rain in the early hours, standing water built up on roads in Dubai and Abu Dhabi causing hazardous conditions for commuters on Sunday morning, while stretches of water formed on key highways in Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah.

The northern emirates appeared worst hit as videos were shared on social media by the UAE Storm Centre.

As light thunder echoed across parts of the country, residents posted videos of heavy downpours and rising floodwater.

Authorities warned residents to avoid driving where possible as some emirates experienced serious waterlogging.

“Dear drivers, reduce speed during heavy rain to avoid any hydroplaning,” a tweet from Dubai Police read.

While Abu Dhabi Police warned young motorists to exercise extra caution while driving during wet conditions to avoid the risk of accidents.

The force warned that driving recklessly can result in a Dh2,000 fine, 23 black points and a vehicle being impounded for up to 60 days.

According to the weather bureau, the wintry weather will continue for the next few days.

On Sunday, the wind is expected to be moderate with temperatures lowering somewhat. In some exposed areas the wind may possibly kick up a little dust and sand causing low visibility.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are expected to experience humidity levels at the upper limit of 75 per cent.

In Dubai lows of 20°C and highs of 28°C have been predicted. In Abu Dhabi temperatures of 18°C to 22°C should be expected.

In the morning the sea in the Arabian Gulf will be moderate but it will grow rougher as the day wears on. There are predictions of similar but perhaps slightly rougher conditions earlier in the Oman Sea.

Moving into Monday, across the country clouds and rain are expected once again in some areas. with the possibility of a refreshing north-westerly wind. Some dusty patches are also predicted.

Updated: December 8, 2019 12:02 PM

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