Heavy rains lash Dubai; strong winds hit most parts of country

DUBAI — Parts of Dubai witnessed a brief but heavy downpour yesterday at around 8pm, even as strong winds, accompanied by a thick cloud of dust, enveloped most other emirates, except Ras Al Khaimah.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 5 Feb 2007, 9:33 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:25 AM

Besides Dubai and Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain also experienced sandstorms as winds in the southern portion of the UAE blew at 30 knots.

Clive Stevens, duty forecaster at the Meteorological Office at Dubai International Airport (DIA), said the hazy weather condition was the result of a deep low pressure area over Saudi Arabia. “Winds blowing in dusts at 25 knots reduced the visibility to about 1,500 metres in Dubai. In some places, however, the impact may have been less,” he said.

Isolated thunderstorms were also experienced in some parts of the Northern Emirates and Abu Dhabi last night.

“RAK was unaffected even as most of the UAE was enveloped by the haze,” Stevens informed.

The day is expected to be partly cloudy today, with calmer winds. The temperature is likely to come down to 26 degrees C.

“Windy weather conditions and cooler temperature are also forecast for the coming weekend too,” Stevens added.

In Al Ain, poor visibility forced residents to stay indoors. Police sources said the strong southerly winds that blew in sand onto the roads had disrupted traffic flow and caused some minor accidents as well.

In Abu Dhabi, visibility was reduced to 500 metres in some areas. The northwest (Shamal) winds brought the sea waves to a height of between 4 and 6 feet. Moderate to light showers are predicted today also, which are likely to bring the temperature down to 24-28 degrees C.

A source at the Meteorology Department, National Communication Authority, has predicted that by the evening today, the sky should begin clearing, though it will still be partly cloudy.

Meanwhile, flight operations at the international airports in Dubai, Sharjah, and Al Ain remained unaffected by the haze yesterday.

However, the Met Office in Dubai has advised people to avoid sea-related activity today in view of the strong winds.

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