Light rain linked to cyclone

DUBAI/ABU DHABI/AL AIN — The light rain that lashed several parts of the UAE yesterday was connected to the tropical cyclone 05A centred near Oman and Yemen coasts in the Arabian Sea, said Met officials.

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Published: Sun 4 Nov 2007, 8:39 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:35 AM

“The rain was caused by the low atmospheric pressure over the country due to the cyclone,” said the officials, adding that no more rains are expected in the coming days.

The rain brought down temperature by at least three degrees (the maximum was 29 degrees Celsius), much to the delight of the residents, they said.

Dr Aisha Al Motawa’a, environment and meteorology expert at the Dubai International Airport and manager of Al Ain International Airport’s Crises Management Department, said strong northern winds will blow to the UAE and will cause the ‘Al Ihaimer’ phenomenon (by which the water will turn red) today and tomorrow.

“The winds would bring changes in the water off the Gulf coast in Khor Fakkan, turning it red (the colour of the corals). The corals would move near the coast due to the winds,” she said.

“Arabs in the past have named each 10-day period of weather changes as Durr. The next Durr begins today and would bring in climate changes that will not be related to the tropical cyclone,” Dr Aisha assured.

The Dubai Met office also forecast partly cloudy days till Tuesday, when they said the skies would turn clear.

In Al Ain, the weather change brought much delight to the residents as the temperature dropped to 29 degrees Celsius and the sky remained cloudy.

A met official at Al Ain International Airport said humidity yesterday was at 62 per cent; winds blew from the northwest direction at a speed of 15 kilometre per hour.

Warning to fishing boats

In Abu Dhabi, the meteorology officials warned owners of the fishing boats against venturing out to the high seas at least till tonight.

Salama Hashaad, head of the forecast centre at the Abu Dhabi Meteorology Authority, said fishing boats must not set sail today until signs of weather changes are seen.

“The sea waves might rise up to 8-10 feet. Hence, they should stop fishing trips at least for today and wait for new reports,” said Hashaad.

The temperature today will be 29-32 degrees Celsius and the maximum humidity will be 50-80 per cent, he added.

Meanwhile, the weather was not an obstacle for people enjoying the weekend as many families in the capital and other emirates went out to the public parks and the seaside enjoying the moderate temperature.

Sources at the Gardens Department of Abu Dhabi Municipality said as the winter season is beginning, many people would visit the public places. The department has geared up to meet the rush.

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