x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

More of the same forecast as Al Ain is blasted by sandstorm

Strong winds blew dust and sand through the Garden City around 3.30pm on Friday and more storms are predicted for the weekend.

A major sandstorm swept through Al Ain yesterday afternoon, with more wild weather forecast today.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology said yesterday's storms were not unusual and unlikely to be the last of the weekend.

A spokesman said they had started at about 3.30pm, with strong winds carrying sand and dust through the city. Showers also accompanied the storm.

"The weather is not stable," the spokesman said. "In Al Ain and in the north of Al Ain, specifically."

He said some areas recorded 29.4 millimetres of rain, including Khatam Al Shukla.

"This is normal during summer," the spokesman said. "By sunset it will go. It is possible to take place again tomorrow afternoon."

He explained that between May and September, sandstorms were common and occurred up to four times a week.

He said that the unstable weather was caused by mountains in Oman that "played a role in cloud formation".

Other emirates were not affected by the unstable weather.

Today, the spokesman added, temperatures will remain high in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and the Northern Emirates.

More rain is expected in Al Ain.

 

osalem@thenational.ae

 

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