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UAE Unusual Month-Long Rain Spell: What You Need to Know

The UAE has seen an unusual month-long rainstorm, with torrential rainfall, thunderstorms, and even hail becoming common.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has undergone an extraordinary month-long rainy spell, with heavy rains, thunderstorms, and even hail becoming frequent. 

This unusual weather pattern has been ongoing for 26 consecutive days, leading to waterfalls cascading from mountains and valleys flooded with rainwater.

Remarkable Duration:

The persistent rainy weather began with light showers on October 14 and has continued since, defying typical climatic expectations for this time of year. 

Specialists from the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) have noted that these rains have been more substantial than usual.

Weather Forecast:

The NCM’s five-day weather forecast predicts further rain over the country’s eastern and western regions on Thursday and Friday. 

Winds up to 40kmph are also expected to raise dust in certain areas. Cloudy conditions are forecasted to persist in the country’s west through the weekend.

Unusual Rainfall Patterns:

While rain is common in the UAE during this season, the intensity of rainfall this year has been exceptional, attributed to a combination of the typical rainy season, cloudy conditions, and a “low-pressure system.” 

The country has also continued its cloud-seeding missions to enhance precipitation.

The recent rains have affected various parts of the UAE, including mountainous regions in Fujairah, Khor Fakkan, and Ras Al Khaimah, as well as in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah. 

The severity of the weather led to the transition to online work and schooling for many, ensuring the safety of employees and students.

Rainy Season Driving Guidelines:

For those venturing out during the rainy season, it’s necessary to be aware of potential hazards on the road. 

The Ministry of Interior has introduced new traffic violations to discourage “storm chasers,” individuals who go to areas prone to flash floods.

Regulations and Penalties:

Gathering near valleys, flooded areas, and dams during rainy weather can now result in a fine of Dh1,000. 

Motorists who drive through flooded valleys face even stricter penalties, including a Dh2,000 fine, 23 black points, and a 60-day confiscation of their vehicles.

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