Rain throws traffic out of gear in Dubai and Sharjah

DUBAI/SHARJAH/AL AIN/ABU DHABI — Heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning disrupted life in parts of Dubai and Sharjah yesterday.

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Published: Tue 3 Apr 2007, 8:51 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:35 AM

Poor visibility and waterlogging on roads caused several accidents with Dubai alone reporting 30 minor accidents. In Sharjah, four minor accidents were reported.

Residents reported uprooting of a number of trees along the Dubai beach due to the strong winds in the afternoon.

Signboards at construction sites in some parts of Sharjah were damaged due to strong winds.

Al Ain city and nearby areas also experienced a sandstorm with residents staying indoors.

The strong winds and heavy clouds moved into the country, causing 0.8 millimetres of rainfall, said Meteorological Office at the Dubai International Airport.

A forecaster at the office said weather would improve in the coming days.

“We probably will not be seeing the same conditions today, we expect some isolated light showers,” explained Chris Worger, forecaster in the Dubai Met office. The weather is expected to be fine by Friday, the official added.

The Meteorological Office also received reports of hail falling just north of Jebel Ali.

Residents were also warned against venturing out without precautions during dust storms, which can worsen asthma, eye infections and sinusitis.

The National Meteorological Authority official in Abu Dhabi said the change in weather was due to an atmospheric depression.

The official predicted a light to moderate showers with temperature reaching 35ºC during day time and 22ºC at night.

The sea will be rough with waves reaching up to 16 feet high, the official said warning fishermen and public against venturing into the sea.

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