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Heavy rain lashes Dubai and Sharjah

Heavy rain lashed Masafi and some areas of Sharjah on Wednesday, reported the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology in Abu Dhabi.

  • By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 17:07 March 25, 2009
  • Gulf News

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Dubai/Al Ain: Dubai and adjoining emirates were lashed by heavy rain late Wednesday and Thursday morning.

Residents of Satwa and Bur Dubai reported seeing hail stones.

Video: Rain storm lashes Dubai

The meteorology centre also reported heavy rain in Masafi and some areas of Sharjah. Earlier in the day the temperature rose to 38 degrees Celsius in Dubai.

A senior forecaster at the Dubai Meteorological Department said it is not the all-time high temperature in Dubai as it had risen to 43 degrees Celsius a few years ago.

Meteorologists said the high temperatures were due to a new weather system developing in eastern Saudi Arabia. The system hit the emirates causing rain and thunderstorms.

In Oman, the Meteorology Department issued a warning of unstable weather conditions in the north, especially in Musandam where high waves are expected.

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Your comments

Yeterday we experienced heavy rains and hail. Heavy clouds covered sky from 2 o'clock.
Tabish Raza
Posted: March 26, 2009, 14:37

Yesterday I was really excited to see Hail Storm for the first time in my life.
Zoher Patanwala
Posted: March 26, 2009, 14:30

Woohoo!!! Rain is back ... and I'm loving it...unfortunately whole sharjah is floating now but its ok... this is always one time per year!!
Zeeshan Mirza
Posted: March 26, 2009, 14:28

Wowwww as in so wow a hail storm!!! what a nice evening last night.. it's like a diamond. its so nice when its raining here in UAE.
Posted: March 26, 2009, 14:27

Rains and hails are amazing but the floods are really annoying especially inside the apartment due to the windows/doors fixing.
Posted: March 26, 2009, 14:14

I was shoping in a supermarket suddenly i heard thunder and hail storm
Posted: March 26, 2009, 14:00

Be cool. It is much better to have these rains coming to UAE than the Sun which will give a very hot environment.
Posted: March 26, 2009, 13:58

It was so great to see hail stones in UAE! at last i have seen them last night, in Ireland there is much to see of a hail stone, its great to see them in UAE too!
Posted: March 26, 2009, 13:52 was a delightful sight...i didnt see such in ages...that too in was a lovely sight..such heavy rains and bullet like hailstorm just filled my compound like gems on ground! i am soo happy!!
Posted: March 26, 2009, 13:22

I am not so fortunate to experience such kind of excitement as others had. Never seen a hail storm in my life and wish rain bring some fun in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: March 26, 2009, 13:21

You all in Dubai and northern emirates are lucky. Here in Al Ain its all sand and no rain.
Al Ain,UAE
Posted: March 26, 2009, 13:17

It was strange rain for me for the first time in my ilfe where i could witness the falling of hail stones.
Mohammad Saif Al Deen
Posted: March 26, 2009, 13:10

Well dears, that was a fantastic moment of my life here in UAE, the hailstones, raining
Mohammad Imran
Abu Dhabi,UAE
Posted: March 26, 2009, 13:08

Yes. Last time there was rain for one whole week! Sad to miss the hail storm last night. Was in a supermarket. Heard "tak tak tak" sounds. Thought only heavy rain. Only this monring was told it was hail storm.
Posted: March 26, 2009, 13:05

This is the first time i saw it clearly,(raining ice cubes?). It's so amazing for me... we haven't had this in the Philippines. i was planning to pick up ice cubes but heavy rains is coming.i didn't make it...still i'm happy....
From A Reader
Posted: March 26, 2009, 13:04

Its actually a welcome break for Dubai residents, I hope hailstorms one day would turn in to snowstorms....
Raghavendra Kulkarni
Posted: March 26, 2009, 13:04

Yesterday evening i and my friend jean were in hurry to fix my car's battery and rushing to the service station in Al Rashidya, on the half way before the airport tunnel i thought some frozen ice hiting my window glasses and really got scared..however we managed to get into the tunnel and waited for five minutes to slow down the all happened in seconds of time and a scary experience.
Annie Mathews
Posted: March 26, 2009, 12:31

rain is good,but do not ask for more of this kind of rain, may be you are asking for truble
Ahmad Hasan
Al Ain,UAE
Posted: March 26, 2009, 12:04

Dubai looked beautiful in the rain last night and early this morning. I hope the rain continues, not that hailstorm, just the light drizzle.. Beautiful :)
Kazim Chevelwalla
Posted: March 26, 2009, 12:04

What about Coldplay this weekend in Abu Dhabi??? Noooooo....
Brendan Lewis
Posted: March 26, 2009, 12:03

Seeing the heavy ice cubes last night it is extremly awesome.. but because I had a flu. Because in the afternoon it was very hot and all of a sudden become too cold..
Cez Al Mazan
Posted: March 26, 2009, 12:03

I thought summer is coming but its great we experienced hail storm (crystal balls). Keep fallen!!!!
Posted: March 26, 2009, 11:59

it's my first time to see hail stones pouring down, i even recorded it. i just hope it didnt damaged that much in other areas. There's a forecast that weather will behave like this till sunday.
Posted: March 26, 2009, 11:59

My friend and I were doing yoga at another friend's place and we saw flashes of lightning through the window but didnt bother to check what it could be. When we finished and came down it was hailing and there were strong winds and heavy rain! We still walked or rather ran back to our house and were drenched in no time. But we enjoyed! I'm sure everyone who saw us from their balconies thought we were crazy!
Radhika Sagar
Posted: March 26, 2009, 11:51

Last night i was searching for parking in Deira as suddenly the rain started with thousands of hails that striked my car.I came out and tried to eat them, but they strongly hit my face forced me to sit in the car.
Posted: March 26, 2009, 11:34

There is a Honda in Fujairah that looks like someone has fired bullets on it. The hail storm was that strong.
Syed Owais Athar
Posted: March 26, 2009, 10:40

The Hili district of Al Ain has been devasted by a hail storm last night. Hundreds of trees are damaged or blown done. Leaves blocked the drains. Every petal has been stripped off the flowers. Yet only a few kilometers away in the city centre there were only a few drops of rain.
Ian Smith
Posted: March 26, 2009, 10:15

Last evening I was coming from Dubai to Sharjah. Suddenly i notice thunders showers with noise. I felt hails striking on my car. Intially I thought someone throwing small stones on my car because i was in traffic.
Mohammad Ishrat Raja
Posted: March 26, 2009, 10:10

Yesterday evening we experienced heavy rain and nonstop rain from 6pm to 8pm
Ali Khan
Posted: March 26, 2009, 09:09

Oh it is so nice. It's a miracle
Manori Henda Witharana
Athurugiriya,Sri Lanka
Posted: March 26, 2009, 08:58

Woow!!! it was just so awesome rain pouring after a long time...i woke up at 3am and saw my entire compound filled with white crystal balls (hails) and the mountains gushing out was as a result it created a wadi and in the middle of the dark people are in the streets enjoying the effects.
Posted: March 26, 2009, 08:50

Yesterday we were informed temperatures would shoot up to 39 degrees and it will continue to be warm and dry, but as usual the opposite happened.
Atheeq Ahmad
Posted: March 26, 2009, 08:34

Big cubes (through rain) makes problem and damages and injures to property and lifes in Dubai Industrial city.
Syed Zafar Ali
Posted: March 26, 2009, 08:08

Please if it's possible post more pictures of the heavy rain in Dubai online.
Posted: March 26, 2009, 07:29

Its finally raining in Dubai, i was getting really annoyed by the heat, its starting to remind me summer is close, rain was a good happy...
Posted: March 26, 2009, 06:07

I am really happy and welcome this rain and expecting more rains until Sunday. We should also remember the last year (Feb 2008) rains.
Moin Al Deen
Posted: March 26, 2009, 04:52

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