UAE weather: Orange alert issued for rain, strong winds

Motorists are urged to exercise caution due to reduced visibility brought about by the windy, dusty conditions


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Image used for illustrative purposes. Photo: X/Storm Centre
Image used for illustrative purposes. Photo: X/Storm Centre

Published: Sun 9 Jun 2024, 7:19 AM

Last updated: Sun 9 Jun 2024, 3:39 PM

The National Center of Meteorology (NCM) issued an orange alert for rain, and fresh to strong winds that would cause sand and dust to blow. The orange alert is issued until 8:30 pm on June 9.

An orange alert means that residents must be prepared since hazardous weather events are forecast. It is essential to comply with guidelines issued by the authorities.

Earlier, NCM had issued a yellow alert for rain over some eastern and internal areas brought about by convective clouds until 8.30pm on Sunday, June 9. A yellow alert requires residents to be aware and on the lookout.

The weather department also noted that winds with a speed of 55 km/hr will blow in the country.

Earlier in the day, NCM also issued a yellow alert for dust and sand brought about by winds speed of 40 km/hr.

The met cautioned against a decline in horizontal visibility, which may drop to less than 2000m at times from until 3.00pm today.

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In a post on X, Abu Dhabi Police called on motorists to exercise caution due to rainy conditions. Drivers are urged to follow changing speed limits displayed on electronic information boards.

Earlier in the day, Abu Dhabi Police advised motorists to stay alert and not to be busy with their phones.

The weather in UAE on Sunday, June 9, is expected to be fair to partly cloudy at times, according to the National Center of Meteorology (NCM).

Earlier in the day, it was noted that it may rain in the eastern and some internal areas by afternoon, brought about by the formation of convective clouds associated with rainfall.

Temperatures will reach up to 45ºC and 42ºC in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, respectively.

According to the met, the temperature will reach up to 47ºC in internal areas. In Gasyoura and Mezaira, the temperature will reach up to 47ºC with the humidity index reaching up to 60 per cent in both areas.

Light to moderate winds, fresh to strong at times, will cause blowing dust and sand.

The sea will be slight in the Arabian Gulf and in Oman Sea.

Summer rains

Al Watan road — which is en route to Hatta — was pelted by heavy thunderstorms and hail at about 5pm on Saturday, June 8, according to the UAE's National Centre of Meteorology (NCM). A video shared by the Storm Centre shows storm chaser Fahad Mohamad Abdul Rehman joyfully braving strong winds as rain and hail fell all around him.

The met department issued a yellow alert for rain on Saturday, June 8, as heavy rains were also seen over parts of Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah.

The NCM also recorded light hail over Wadi Mai in Fujairah on Friday, June 7. An advisory was also issued to those experiencing heavy rains in the country's eastern areas, due to risk of flash floods.


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