x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Thunderstorms as UAE weather transitions to summer

Forecasters from the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology in Abu Dhabi say there is a chance of lightning continuing over the sea today.

DUBAI // Thunderstorms broke out across much of the UAE overnight as unsettled conditions from the Red Sea swirled across the country.

Forecasters from the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) in Abu Dhabi said thunder and lightning broke out very early this morning, and there was a chance of lightning continuing over the sea today.

Much of the country experienced at least a light drizzle overnight but that would clear up and the rest of the day was expected to be dry, a NCMS spokesman said.

The rains were caused by an unsettled area of low pressure which picked up moisture and warm air as it came into contact with accumulated clouds.

"The rain was mainly from around midnight over the western region and stayed until the morning," the spokesman said.

The highest rainfall was reported on Sir Bu Nair island near Sharjah with 3mm but the average for much of the rest of the country was around 0.4mm.

"This is normal at this time of year because from March 23 we experience the first transitional period with unstable weather. Unfortunately we aren't expecting any further rain although there is a slight chance that we might get a little on Friday," he said.

On Wednesday winds of around 40kph, caused by a southerly flow, are expected to whip up dust with forecasters warning people with asthma or respiratory problems to stay indoors.

"From Wednesday the temperatures will also increase and we expect them to hit 40C until Friday," said the spokesman.

nhanif@thenational.ae