Multiple accidents slow traffic across Dubai amid heavy rain
ABU DHABI // Residents woke up to a deluge of rain as puddles gathered in the street and accidents slowed morning traffic on Tuesday.
Multiple accidents were reported in Dubai as police warned motorists against speeding in rainy conditions to avoid aquaplaning.
The Roads and Transport Authority also reminded motorists not to use heavy, sudden brakes.
Two accidents on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road lead to severe delays said to extend back into Ajman, with @TrafficDXB recommending Emirates Road as an alternative route.
One of the accidents took place near Arabian Ranches towards Sharjah with congestion also being caused in the opposite direction due to rubbernecking.
The other accident was reported near the Al Khail / Al Fay Road interchange towards AbuDhabi.
An accident on Umm Suqeim Street, after Miracle Gardens towards Al Khail flyover, also caused delays.
Tailbacks on Dubai-Al Ain Road were caused by an accident after Nad Al Sheba towards Ras Al Khor.
Another accident was reported on Emirates Road on the Maliha Road exit into Dubai causing tailbacks up until Sharjah — Dhaid Road.
On Sheikh Zayed Road, heavy traffic was reported from Internet City to Al Barsha 1, in the direction of World Trade Centre.
An accident just after Garhoud Bridge towards Abu Dhabi added congestion to rush hour which was already exacerbated by rain.
Another accident on the motorway took place before the last flyover towards Abu Dhabi.
Dubai Police reported an accident involving multiple vehicles after Mirdif City Centre bridge towards Sharjah.
In the capital, an accident on the Abu Dhabi — Al Ain Truck Road caused delays, which remained even after being cleared by police.
Meanwhile forecasters have warned against towering clouds and thundery rain across the country with strong winds expected throughout the day.
Unstable weather is expected to last through Wednesday but will stabilise by Thursday.
Temperatures are expected to drop significantly, varying from 17°C to 23°C along coast, 19°C to 27°C inland and 15°C to 19°C in the mountains.
The lowest temperature recorded across the country on Tuesday was 7.2°C in Merbeh Mountains in Ras Al Khaimah at 5am.
Conditions in the Sea of Oman and Arabian Gulf will be very rough.
Updated: July 21, 2017 06:52 PM