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WATCH: Hailstorm, rains lash UAE

Staff Reporter/Dubai
Filed on February 17, 2016 | Last updated on February 18, 2016 at 05.25 am
WATCH: Hailstorm, rains lash UAE

JUMP FOR COVER ... Sudden downpour saw people run for cover.
(Photo by Neeraj Murali)

Tennis fans at the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship don't seem to mind the unexpected rain.
(Photo By: Rahul Gajjar)

View at the Al Khan Beach on Wednesday as hail, thunder, and heavy rain lash UAE
(Photo by M.Sajjad)

Fog on Al Khail road in Dubai on February 17, 2016. Photos by Shihab / Khaleej Times

Fog on Al Khail road in Dubai on February 17, 2016. Photos by Shihab / Khaleej Times


(Mirza Suhail/Facebook)

View at the AlKhan Beach on Wednesday as hail, thunder, and heavy rain lash UAE
(Photo by M.Sajjad)

Authorities have warned motorists to proceed with caution and drive with headlights or fog lights to ensure safety on the roads.

Hail, thunder, and heavy rain thrashed parts of the UAE on Wednesday, particularly Sharjah, according to the National Center for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS). Rain was reported in various parts of Sharjah and Dubai, including Deira and Mirdiff.

In Dubai, heavy rain and hail forced play to be suspended at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships during a match between Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro and Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia. Speaking to Khaleej Times, an NCMS spokesman noted that the rain, hail and thunder is associated with what he "towering clouds".

"In the areas that have had local weather, there are towering convective clouds, in which the upper layer is deeper," he explained. "That's why it's hailed in places like Maliha and Mirdif. This began in some parts in the west on Tuesday." The spokesman added that some unstable weather will still be felt in some parts of the UAE until Thursday afternoon.

"It will be continuous, and some of these clouds will still be around, particularly in the east as they are moving in that direction, until Thursday around noon," he said. "Humidity will also increase at night, which may lead to fog (on Thursday) and Friday."Overall, the UAE can expect partly cloudy weather and light rain through Friday, he noted.With dropping temperatures in parts of UAE, Sharjah witnessed a hailstorm today in the Al Malaiha area.

Ice rain at dubai ,,, ho my god

Posted by Ajith Ranjan on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Thick fog covered most parts of Dubai and neighbouring emirates onWednesday morning as motorists reportedvery lessvisibility.

Authorities have warned motorists to proceed with caution and drive with headlights or fog lights to ensure safety on the roads.

Motorists warned as thick fog blankets #UAE. This is how a drive through Al Khail road in #Dubai looks as of now. Video by Shihab / Khaleej TimesRead weather forecast: http://bit.ly/1oFbVUx

Posted by Khaleej Times on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Driving to work on this foggy day? This is how Al Khail road in #Dubai looks as of now. Drive carefully!Video by Shihab / Khaleej TimesRead weather forecast: http://bit.ly/1oFbVUx

Posted by Khaleej Times on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

According to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), residents can expect cloudy weather and scattered rains, which are likely to bring down the temperature further until Wednesday.

The Arabian Sea and the Sea of Oman are expected to be "moderate in general" but may become rough at times.

The UAE residents had a mild start to the week on Monday, with highs of between 22 to 25C and lows of 11 to 16C in coastal areas; highs of 24 to 26C and lows of 10 to 14C in internal areas; and highs of only 13 to 16C and lows of 5 to 9C in coastal areas.

The rains in Fujairah have caused severe flooding in certain areas of the Emirate

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WATCH: Hailstorm, rains lash UAE (KT5384216.JPG)

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reporters@khaleejtimes.com(with inputs by Web Desk)


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