Traffic move at a slow pace in Sharjah. Photographer: Kamal Kassim/ Gulf Today
SHARJAH: A pleasant weather, marked by a steady, intermittent drizzle that tailed an early morning downpour, greeted residents of the UAE on Friday.
Overcast skies and wet roads were the order of the day as the temperature went marginally south. Fresh winds added to the zest of the people who were only to keen to savour the refreshing, enjoyable outdoors rather than remain confined to the four walls of their homes. Strong winds had a commanding presence in the afternoon. Traffic was slow, but that did not test the patience of the motorists.
Popular spots such as the Buhairah Corniche and Sharjah beach saw people capitalising on the opportunity that the change in weather gave.
Fitness buffs, for whom wellbeing was top priority, briskly walked along the Corniche and other places. Friends were busy chalking out plans for an al fresco rendezvous. For it was evident to the residents that it would not be long before the weather started making a U-turn and scorching mercury levels and blistering winds became all too common.
The NCM has expected that the volatile weather may remain likely today with rainfall of different intensities over most areas of the country, associated with thunder activity at times and hailstones fall.
The NCM said Saturday would be cloudy with a chance of scattered rain starting in the morning over the islands, gradually approaching the coasts and the Northern regions in the afternoon.
The scene was no different in Sharjah. Dark, ominous clouds dotted the skies on Sunday morning, heralding the prospect of a rainfall which subsequently hit the emirate. There were sporadic streaks of lightning witnessed by some residents.
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