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Warning: Rough to very rough seas, rain this weekend

Offshore waves reaching 10ft expected due to extension of low pressure in Saudi Arabia

Dubai: If you plan to go for a swim in Jumeirah this weekend, forecasters are urging you to postpone it for now as the sea will be rough to very rough with occasional rains in some coastal parts of the country.

Parts of the UAE will experience some showers this weekend particularly along the coast from the western coastal part of Abu Dhabi, the northern part of Dubai, and on the islands.

“The extension of low pressure from Saudi Arabia is reaching our area. The low pressure is deep in Saudi Arabia but it will not have as adverse effects in the UAE. The rain clouds are moving towards the UAE and they will give some rain over some areas along the coast and over the islands from late night Thursday until early morning Saturday,” a forecaster from the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) told Gulf News.

Heavy rain wreaked havoc in parts of Jeddah this week, resulting in chest-high floods that brought the city to a standstill.

In the UAE, forecasters predict different intensities of rain along the coast but all the cloud activity will be over the sea.

“The Arabian Gulf will be rough to very rough at times this weekend, continuing until Monday, with offshore waves reaching 10ft high. We advise residents against heading out to sea this weekend,” he said.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy and hazy at times due to strong north-westerly winds, with speeds reaching up to 55km/h.

North-westerly winds will also bring relatively cold air and cause the average temperature to drop from 34C to 30C, or around 4C to 5C, on Friday.

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