A video grab shows heavy rain in Dubai. Photo: NCM/ Twitter
Syed Shayaan Bakht, Staff Reporter
Various areas in the country witnessed light to heavy rain on Friday afternoon, as a result of formation of cumulus clouds towering over some inland and eastern areas.
Heavy rain was reported from Dubai’s Al Awir, Lahbab, and Margham. Moderate rain fell on some areas of Sharjah.
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has pointed to an extension of a surface low pressure over the country, accompanied by an upper ridge.
The NCM said convective clouds formation associated with rainfall and fresh winds will blow dust and sand in some areas reducing horizontal visibility to less than 1,000 metres at times over some eastern areas for Friday.
Motorists have been urged to exercise caution in the streets.
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.
There were showers in the emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Fujairah.
The United Arab Emirates is planning to capture every droplet by inducing clouds to produce rain and meet its water needs.
The campaign will run over the course of next 10 days with specific procedures and conditions.
Ahmed Al Khadim confirmed that the field hospital was established with a capacity of 450 beds to relieve hospitals in the city and areas of the eastern coast are accommodate simple and medium cases of people infected with the coronavirus.
Tourists and visitors coming to Dubai from July 7 must complete five steps to enter the emirate. They must check if an entry visa is required or not, book a flight, have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 or bear treatment and isolation costs, apply for a PCR test in the tourist’s home country 96 hours before travel or make the test upon arrival in Dubai.