New Year's Eve weather: Thunderstorm lashes Dubai, other parts of UAE

Dubai Police issue advisory for motorists driving in rain

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Published: Fri 31 Dec 2021, 11:58 AM

Last updated: Sat 1 Jan 2022, 8:03 AM

Thunderstorms with heavy rain have been reported across several parts of the country, including Dubai and Sharjah on New Year's Eve on Friday.

Subsequently, Dubai Police issued a weather advisory for motorists as heavy rains lashed the city, urging them to lower their speed, keep a safe distance between vehicles avoid sudden braking for everyone's safety.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, who was out for a drive as thick rain clouds gathered over the city, also shared a video of him navigating the heavy rain in the desert in his SUV:

The adventurous royal was out with close friends to make the most of the cool and rainy weather this morning.

The National Centre of Meteorology had predicted rains earlier on December 31.

The #cloud_seeding tag in NCM's tweets suggested that the ongoing cloud seeding programme was behind the recent rains in parts of the country.


The weather forecast for the last day of the year 2021 is partly cloudy to cloudy at times, with a chance of convective cloud formation associated with rainfall over scattered areas.

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