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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 April 2019

UAE weather: hold on to your hats at Dubai World Cup

Race-goers need to be prepared for fresh winds and possible rainfall

Race-goers in the fashion contest at the Dubai World Cup at Meydan. Amy Leang / The National
Race-goers in the fashion contest at the Dubai World Cup at Meydan. Amy Leang / The National

The Dubai World Cup is well-known as an opportunity to get all dressed up.

But race-goers will need to be prepared for the possibility of some far from ideal weather during the huge sporting spectacle.

After initial reports that the UAE was set for a sunny weekend, the forecast has changed, with the National Centre for Meteorology (NCM) reporting a chance of rain and fresh winds causing poor visibility - so those dressed to impress may need to hold on their hats while watching the action.

Saturday started with outbreaks of rain over Dubai, and the radar showed showers over the Arabian Gulf.

It was a bright start in Abu Dhabi before overcast conditions rolled in amid increased winds. In the western region there was light rain over Al Marfa and Al Ruwais.

The NCM said there's "a chance of convective cloud formation associated with rainfall and fresh winds causing blowing dust and sand with poor visibility to less than 2,000 metres over land, and rough seas with wave heights of 6-8ft".

The weather radar at 10.40am on Saturday. Courtesy National Centre for Meteorology
The weather radar at 10.40am on Saturday. Courtesy National Centre for Meteorology

Temperatures will reach a pleasant 30°C in Dubai, while it will be slightly higher at 32°C in Abu Dhabi.

The race day arrives on the back of an unsettled week of weather across the UAE.

Residents have experienced sandstorms, thunder and lightning, heavy rain and high winds as the seasons transition from winter to summer.

On Friday, a number of flights at Dubai International Airport were delayed for hours after a blanket of fog covered the emirate.

The disruption came on the one of the busiest travel weekends of the year after the school term ended for the spring break.

Updated: March 30, 2019 11:14 AM

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