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Weekend weather alert issued as Al Ain and Abu Dhabi brace for storm

Watch how and where the storm is expected to hit the UAE with this illustrative video

  • Heavy rain in Al Ain. For illustrative purposes only.Image Credit: Gulf News Archives
  • A motorist negotiates flooded street near Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre on Muroor street during the rain in AbImage Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News Archives

Dubai: Various areas across the UAE are expected to receive a strong storm this weekend, and the emirate of Abu Dhabi is making sure it is well-equipped to handle the pressure.

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Expected weather conditions from Thursday 14 until Monday 18 December 2017, issued by NCMS

Thursday:

Partly cloudy, hazy at times, temperature tend to increase gradually. A chance of local convective clouds formation northward and eastward of the country by afternoon.

Winds: Moderate easterly to southeasterly winds, freshening at times, causing blowing dust/sand at times, with speed 25 – 35 km/hr, reaching to 45 km/hr at times.

Sea: Moderate to Rough in the Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea.

Friday:

Unstable weather condition will start northward and eastward of the country. Clouds amount increases gradually, may associate with rainy convictive clouds especially over islands and some northern and eastern areas.

Wind: Moderate easterly to southeasterly winds, freshening at times, causing blowing dust/sand at times, with speed .30 – 35 km/hr, reaching to 50 km/hr at times.

Sea: Rough in the Arabian Gulf and in Oman Sea especially with convictive cloud activity.

Saturday to Monday

Unstable weather condition will continue and extend over all the country, the clouds amount will increase with convective thundery clouds accompanied with different rain intensity and thunder at times from time to time.

Wind: Southeasterly to northeasterly moderate to fresh at times causing blowing dust/sand, with speed 30 – 40 km/hr reaching to 65 km/hr with convective clouds.

Sea: Rough to very rough at times in case of convective clouds activity in the Arabian Gulf & in Oman Sea.

On Wednesday, Rashid Suwaidan Al Kutbi, chairman of the Emergency and Crisis Committee, held a meeting with municipality officials and representatives of relevant authorities, to set up an efficient plan on how to deal with the rain’s aftermath.

When the cities of Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, and the rest of the western region were previously hit hard by storms, residents saw flooded roads, muddy sandstorms and chock-a-block traffic that is usually associated with a downpour.

During the meeting, authorities agreed to have emergency teams on stand-by to remove any excess water from roads and residential areas, tackle broken down trees, drain the sewage networks, and ensure that the dams do not leak.

In a statement, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) said the upper air and surface depression is expected to further deepen by Saturday until Monday that could bring scattered thunderstorm in different parts of the country.

Residents that face any kind of rain-related emergency or who need assistance are urged to call Al Ain City’s municipality hotline on 993. 

Meanwhile, residents in Abu Dhabi can contact the municipality via WhatsApp on 056 993 9930, by email at 993@adm.abudhabi.ae, or on the emergency number 993.

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