Heavy Rains and Thunderstorms Expected

DUBAI - Heavy rain and thunderstorms are expected on Saturday and Sunday in parts of the country, according to a Dubai weather forecaster.

By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Sun 13 Dec 2009, 1:20 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:28 AM

Light showers began early on Friday in some areas of the UAE, sweeping in from offshore in the West and then inland, although no measurable amount had been recorded late last night.

Moderate to heavy rain fell in various parts of Abu Dhabi on Friday evening and weather office predicted more rain on Saturday. Strong winds are likely to accompany thunderstorms. The bureau had earlier issued warnings for Friday urging boaters not to go out to sea. This has been extended to Saturday and Sunday.

The Sharjah skyline seen from Mamzar Beach in DubaionFriday as rain clouds gather to herald wet days ahead.—KT photo by Juidin Bernarrd

Motorists were also warned to be careful on roads. Campers were told not to stay overnight in wadis or low lying areas where there is a chance of flash flooding.

The Dubai Meteorological Office duty forecaster said the showers on Saturday and Sunday would be the first major rainfall of the season. “We’re going to have some good rain and isolated thunderstorms,” he said. “The temperature will also come down.”

On Friday night, the temperature dropped to 18 degrees Celsius in Sharjah. Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah were 19 degrees Celsius and Abu Dhabi 21 degrees Celsius.

“In some places it will be heavy rain, in some places light rain,” the forecaster said.

“This will be the first major rainfall of the season,” he said. The highest rainfall last winter was 7.8mm on December 17 in an aggregate of 25mm that fell through the month.

The forecaster said temperatures could drop to a minimum of 15 degrees Celsius on Saturday and Sunday and rise to 24 degrees Celsius.

The official weather forecast predicted for the capital was 26 degrees Celsius high and 17 degrees Celsius low for both Friday and Saturday and partly cloudy skies with chances of a few light showers towards late afternoon.

As for Sunday, the same highs and lows remain, with the chance for rainfall being 70 per cent.

Al Ain was slightly colder on Friday, with a high of 25 degrees Celsius and a low of 15 degrees Celsius. The skies remained partly cloudy.

The skies will remain cloudy on Saturday with a 40 per cent chance of rain, while the temperatures will climb to a high of 26 degrees Celsius and a low of 19.


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