Cars move through waterlogged street in Al Khan, Sharjah, on Friday. Mian Mujahid Shah / Gulf Today
Emaduddin Khalil, Staff Reporter
Heavy rain and hail fell on separate areas across the UAE on Friday as a result of the country being affected by unstable weather conditions.
According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), the unstable weather conditions are expected to be less severe on Saturday with a chance of rain on some northern and eastern coastal areas during the day, so that the weather conditions will be stable again from Sunday.
Moderate to heavy rain fell on multiple areas on Friday including Abu Dhabi City and outskirts, Al Muroor, Al Bahia, Al Bahrani Island and Al Hudayriyat Island in Abu Dhabi; Al Mirfa in Al Dhafra Region; Wadi Shiha and other areas in Ras Al Khaimah; Al Salamah in Umm Al Quwain; Jumeirah and Lahbab in Dubai; separate areas in Sharjah and Ajman and other areas across across the country.
The lowest temperature of 2.9 degrees Celsius was recorded on Friday in Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah at 1:45am. It is the lowest temperature recorded since the unstable weather conditions prevailed in the country.
Some 5.1 degrees Celsius was also recorded in Jebel Mebrah in Ras Al Khaimah, 5.1 degrees Celsius in Al Rahba Mountain and 8.3 degrees Celsius in Jebel Al Haban.
The highest amount of rain of 88.2 mm was recorded in Dhadna in Fujairah followed by the Sir Bu Nair Island in Sharjah, which recorded 86.3 mm.
Cars wade through a flooded road on Jamal Abdul Naseer Street and Al Khan area in Sharjah on Friday. Mujahid Shah / Gulf Today
The NCM called on motorists to take caution while driving due to the low horizontal visibility caused by the rainfall and dust-stirring winds and to stay away from large puddles and flooded valleys.
The Abu Dhabi Police also called on drivers to be cautious due to the rainy weather conditions and to abide by the changing speed limits as shown in the electronic traffic and guidance signs.
Saturday’s weather is expected to be partly cloudy in general and cloudy at times in some coastal, northern and eastern areas with a chance of rain during the day, the NCM said, adding that the weather will be humid at night and on Sunday morning in some inland areas with a chance of light fog.
Cars wade through a flooded road after heavy rain.
Light to moderate northeasterly to northwesterly winds will blow, turning to active and strong at times at 15 to 25 and up to 45 km/h, while the sea will be rough and may have moderate waves in the Arabian Gulf compared to moderate to regular waves in the Sea of Oman.
Sunday’s weather will be clear to partly cloudy in general and cloudy at times in some eastern and coastal area, turning to humid at night and on Monday morning in some inland areas with a chance of fog or light fog, the NCM said.
Light to moderate northwesterly to northeasterly winds will blow, turning to active at times at 10 to 20 and up to 35 km/h, while the sea will have moderate to regular waves in the Arabian Gulf and regular waves in the Sea of Oman, it added.
Residents enjoy the weather at Abu Dhabi Corniche after heavy rain. Mohammed Al Samani / Gulf Today
Monday’s weather will be clear to partly cloudy in general with temperature rising gradually, turning to humid at night and on Tuesday morning in some coastal and inland areas with a chance of fog or light fog, it said.
Light to moderate northwesterly winds will blow, turning to easterly and northeasterly at 10 to 20 and up to 30 km/h, while the sea will have regular waves in the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
Tuesday’s weather is expected to be clear to partly cloudy in general, turning to humid at night and on Wednesday morning with a chance of fog or light fog, particularly in the north, it said.
Light to moderate southeasterly to northeasterly winds will blow at 10 to 20 and up to 30 km/h, while the sea will have regular waves in the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
On Saturday, rain lashed separate areas of the country and fog blanketed these areas. The rain started at 8am, as a result of the extension of a shallow air depression, accompanied by a weak air depression in the upper atmosphere, which resulted in instability of the weather conditions.
The rain resulted in a significant decrease in temperatures and waterlogging in the main roundabouts and streets.
The weather from Monday through Thursday is expected to be partly cloudy to cloudy sometimes with a chance of light rain on the sea and the western islands in the morning.
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