Cold, wet day keeps people indoors

ABU DHABI/ DUBAI - The overcast conditions that prevailed across the emirates till the afternoon were followed by a largely continuous spell of light to moderate showers
in several parts of the country later on Friday.

By Anwar Ahmed And?farhana Chowdhury

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Published: Sun 23 Jan 2011, 12:37 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:46 AM

Abu Dhabi recorded heavy to moderate rainfall since Thursday evening causing wadis to overflow, while Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman received scattered to continuous rain, bringing down the mercury. Ras Al Khaimah, received mild showers.

The gloomy weather and the cold spell forced most of the residents to cancel their outing plans and spend the weekend indoors.

According to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), the temperature in internal areas ranged from 9 degree Celsius to 23 degree Celsius whilethe temperature in mountain areas was between 5 degree Celsius and 14 degree Celsius.

“I’d planned to have a gathering outside with friends in Dubai but we’ve postponed it to a later date because I didn’t want risk driving in this rain,” said Abu Dhabi resident Naureen Kamal.

The NCMS reported that Al Ghuwaifat received the highest amount of rainfall at 25.4mm between from 8pm on Thursday to 1.45pm on Friday, followed by Wateed with 20.6mm of rainfall and Al Arad with 19.4mm. During the period, Abu Dhabihad seen 1.2mm of rainfall and Hatta 0.2mm.

In Dubai and Sharjah, rain continued to fall from the afternoon on Friday, causing puddles ofwater on the roads in different areas, making it hard for commuters to travel on foot. Nearly 280 minor accidents were reported in Sharjah.

“We’re heading to Satwa to visit our relatives and friends. We’ve had to walk from our house to reach this bus stop but because of the rain our shoes got dirty walking through the wet sand,” said Filipina MarieBenedicto, who was waiting for the bus with her husband and daughter in Al Quoz, Dubai.

Commuters were not the only ones unhappy with the showers. Some motorists complained about careless drivers who sped over potholes and sprayed their vehicles with dirty water.

Authorities have warned motorists and pedestrians to travel safely and take extra care due to the potential risk of accidents as roads would be slippery and visibility levels low. Forecasters at the NCMS expect more rain in the country due to unsettled weather conditions and predict that cloudy weather may continue with chances of rain in some areas, especially in the internal and western areas. Fresh moderate winds are expected to blow over the sea and the seamay be rough at times.

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