x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

New Year brings rain and hail

After sudden thunderstorms brought hail and over nine millimetres of rain to several emirates yesterday, the wet weather is likely to continue until tomorrow morning,

Sudden thunderstorms brought hail and over nine millimetres of rain to several emirates yesterday. Dubai saw 4.2mm of rainfall with some reports of hailstones more than a centimetre wide, while Sharjah recorded the heaviest downpours. The weather was caused by a shelf of low-lying cold air from Iran that became unstable when it hit the warm water temperatures in the Arabian Gulf.

As thunderstorms moved towards Fujairah last night they weakened in intensity. However, new rain clouds soon formed over the Gulf, which were expected to bring continued showers throughout last night and into Sunday morning. Meteorologists at Dubai International Airport said that today would be windy and colder, with temperatures hovering at around 23 degrees Celsius. The seas will also be choppy, with waves close to shore expected to reach between four and seven feet. Further out, swells will reach between eight and 12 feet.

The emirates saw widespread flooding after more than 100mm of rain fell in some places over three days last month. jgerson@thenational.ae