Thunder and lightning light up Dubai skies on Saturday evening. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

  • Public have been urged to stay away from places affected by flooding, especially in the wadi areas
  • The highest rainfall amount recorded till 4pm on Saturday was 87.1mm
  • Authorities urge motorists to take extra care
  • Residents share images of rain

Dubai: Weathermen issued a flash flood alert on Saturday due to heavy rains reported in several parts of the country. Heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning prevailed across Dubai on Saturday night as unstable weather continued around the UAE.

The public have been urged to stay away from places affected by flooding, especially in the wadi areas.

The highest rainfall amount recorded till 4pm on Saturday was 87.1mm.

Some residents of Al Digdaga area in Ras Al Khaimah have reported experiencing hail.  

Video by: Clint Egbert/Gulf News

Some residents of Al Digdaga area in Ras Al Khaimah have reported experiencing hail.

Motorists caught in the rain on the Khalidiya Street in Sharjah on Saturday evening. Video by: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

The rain started in the emirate late afternoon, however residents of other parts of the UAE were already experiencing rain.

Some residents of Al Digdaga area in Ras Al Khaimah have reported experiencing hail.

According to National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), cloudy conditions and rainfall are expected to continue until April 14. However, clouds are expected to gradually decrease and fair to partly cloudy conditions are forecast for the rest of the week.

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Cloudy conditions, rainfall expected to continue until April 14
According to UAE weathermen, cloudy conditions and rainfall are expected to continue until April 14. However, clouds are expected to gradually decrease and fair to partly cloudy conditions are forecast for the rest of the week.

However, clouds are expected to gradually decrease and fair to partly cloudy conditions are forecast for the rest of the week.  

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The Roads and Transport Authority, @RTA_Dubai, alerted motorists on Twitter to be extra careful when driving in the rain: “Driving in the rain requires you to focus more. Turn on your headlights and keep a safe space between the vehicle ahead of you to avoid a collision.”

Similarly, Dubai Police, @DubaiPoliceHQ, tweeted: “Dear drivers, Reduce speed during heavy rain to avoid any hydroplaning.”

According to the National Centre for Meteorology (NCM), has raised a flash flood alert until mid-day on Sunday, adding that the weather will stabilise later this week. Temperatures, however, are not expected to drastically change.

Residents across the city shared their images and experience of the rain.

A rain scene from Ras Al Khaimah Video courtesy: Mohammed Sayyan

User @jugrajkahlon3 tweeted: “Loaded up and having first time such constant and rapid rain here in Dubai, it’s making natural drains and soaking, stopped and enjoying peaceful sound of drops dripping over my head on truck!”

Tweep @freya_jones wrote: “The rain is intense but oh so satisfying #dubai #weather”

Similarly, Twitter user @SafiyyaLM shared an image of Dubai drenched in rain and posted: “Dubai you are beautiful even in the rain.”

Other residents welcomed the "unexpectedly beautiful" weather on Saturday.

A girl caught in the rain in Sharjah on Saturday evening. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News

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