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Get exclusive content with Gulf News WhatsApp channelResidents of Abu Dhabi and Dubai awoke early on Monday morning to the sounds of lightning, thunder, and torrential rain. Meanwhile, even before dawn, sections of Abu Dhabi were blanketed in shimmering layers of hail.

A red and amber alert was released by the National Center of Meteorology (NCM) to warn of more rainy weather through six o'clock at night. Westerly air currents, a cold air mass across the nation, and an upper air depression are all blamed for the weather.

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The UAE Cabinet had already announced remote work and remote learning for all government agencies and educational institutions.

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Heavy rainfall across the UAE leads to recommendations for remote work in both public and private sectors, including online classes for schools. The UAE Cabinet declares Monday a remote workday for all federal government employees, followed by similar directives for Dubai government entities, federal universities, and private schools.

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A flooded round-about in DIP 2, Dubai. Image Credit: Devadasan K P/Gulf News
Vehicles drive through Sheikh Zayed Road.


Authorities across the UAE advise residents in flood-prone areas and motorists traveling in rain-affected zones to prioritise safety precautions.A further dip is expected on Tuesday, according to a previous NCM forecast. However, rain is not expected tomorrow, according to the NCM.