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Unstable Weather and Heavy Rainfall Hit the UAE from 10 Days

On Thursday, the UAE awoke to unpredictability in the weather, with rain showers and thunderstorms strengthening by late afternoon.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) woke up to unpredictable weather on Thursday, with rain showers and thunderstorms intensifying by late afternoon, particularly in Dubai. 

The sudden downpour and sporadic lightning prompted authorities to issue safety advisories nationwide.

Safety Concerns and Traffic Disruptions:

The heavy rainfall led to waterlogging on several roads, causing traffic bottlenecks. 

As the evening rush hour approached, the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) advised motorists traveling to Sharjah to avoid the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, where rainwater had accumulated at the emirate’s entrance. 

To prevent traffic jams, the Dubai Police urged those heading to or from the airport to utilize the Metro system.

Early School Dispersals:

Some schools in the UAE took precautionary measures by dismissing students early. 

Circulars were sent to parents, warning that students who use the school bus might return home with “wet feet” due to flooded bus bays. 

The safety and well-being of students remained a top priority during the adverse weather conditions.

Prolonged Rainfall Expected:

The UAE has experienced heavy rainfall for the past ten days, with more anticipated until Friday. 

Dr. Ahmed Habib from the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) explained that the country is affected by a surface low-pressure system and a jet stream from the West, resulting in increased cloud cover and heavy rains over various parts of the UAE.

Weather Outlook:

On Friday, the rain is expected to continue in the eastern and northern regions of the country, gradually tapering off in the afternoon. 

However, over the next five days, the potential for convective cloud formations, particularly in the mountains, may lead to further rainfall.

Convective clouds, typical for this time of year, can cause scattered rainfall across different areas of the country. Dr. Habib noted that five regions had already experienced significant rainfall until noon on Wednesday. 

Ras Al Khaimah recorded the highest amount at 34.9mm, followed by Manama, Al Marjan, and Wadi Towa. 

The UAE continues to monitor the weather conditions and ensure public safety during this period of unstable weather.

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