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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

UAE weather: Here comes the rain again

Unsettled weather could dampen the long weekend with tricky conditions at the Race to Dubai

Strong winds and rain showers could pose tricky golfing conditions at the Race to Dubai, with the weekend weather forecast similar to the disruption caused at the 2017 Omega Desert Classic. Warren Little / Getty Images
Strong winds and rain showers could pose tricky golfing conditions at the Race to Dubai, with the weekend weather forecast similar to the disruption caused at the 2017 Omega Desert Classic. Warren Little / Getty Images

Rain sweeping in on the tail of storms that have caused widespread disruption across the Middle East is likely to hit the UAE on Saturday and Sunday.

The unsettled weather could be a dampener for those hoping to make the most of the long weekend and could pose some unusual desert golfing conditions for the end of the flagship European Tour.

Spectators and international golfers competing for the Race to Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates over this weekend could face rain showers and wind speeds reaching 35 km an hour.

Saturday will be partly cloudy with rainfall most likely in the west and along coastal areas.

A freshening wind will see temperatures drop through the afternoon to around 24C, with blowing dust and sand reducing visibility in exposed areas.

Poor visibility is also expected on Sunday as high winds continue, with more rain expected in eastern areas.

Daytime temperatures could fall to 18C in the northern emirates on Sunday, although it will be slightly warmer at around 25C in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Despite the clear skies of recent days and improvement in air quality, high atmospheric pollutant concentrations are expected to return over the weekend in major cities.

Monday promises to be fine across much of the UAE with temperatures in the mid-20s for many, although more rain is expected in some areas on Tuesday, with the west and coastal regions most likely to catch a shower.