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More rain and thunder in store for UAE

Chances increase of Saturday’s downpour spreading into more areas on Sunday

  • Winter wonderland in the UAE?Image Credit: Supplied Image
  • Winter wonderland in the UAE? Lightning strikes parts of the regionImage Credit: Supplied Image

Dubai: More rain is expected on Sunday morning after heavy rains, lightning and thunder struck some parts of the UAE this afternoon, a National Centre of Meteorology (NMC) spokesperson has told Gulf News.

While some parts may not receive rain, the forecast in general is for increased chances of more showers over greater areas on Saturday night and Sunday, the spokesperson added.

On Saturday afternoon, heavy rain fell over Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Jebel Jais – the UAE’s highest mountain – and Dibba Al Fujairah, the NMC tweeted, sharing videos of streets turning into streams.

In Al Hamra, Umm Al Ashtan and Ruwais (Al Dhafrah area), there was moderate to heavy rain. Earlier, around noon, there were light showers over Dibba and Khor Fakkan.

There were also reports of hail in parts of Fujairah, mainly in Dibba. According to a NMC weather advisory showing the UAE map, parts of the northern and southern extremities are coded orange to “be on the alert; hazardous weather events are forecast.

Comply with advice issued by the authorities”. The NMC spokesperson said the unstable weather conditions that began on Friday will continue into Sunday.

Ebrahim Al Jarwan, general supervisor at Sharjah Planetarium, told Gulf News more rain and unstable weather is expected in the UAE until dawn on Tuesday.

The peak of a low-pressure system, which is behind the inclement weather, will be felt on Saturday and Sunday. More clouds and rain will cover parts of the country, mainly on mountains and islands.

The northern and eastern regions and islands of the country will be affected, according to Al Jarwan. The low pressure centralised in the southeast of the Arabian Gulf and affected the UAE and Oman, Al Jarwan said.

The rainy season typically lasts from mid December till mid February, he added, and during this period, every 10 to14 days a low pressure system will cover the country.