UAE weather: Alert for rain issued over Abu Dhabi, Dubai, other emirates

Authorities warn residents to exercise caution when venturing outdoors, especially while driving


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Published: Sun 5 Nov 2023, 7:32 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Nov 2023, 1:48 PM

The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has issued yellow and orange alerts for convective clouds, associated with rainfall, over coastal areas and some internal regions today.

According to a map shared by the authority, the alert covers parts of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, and other emirates. It is in place until 8.30pm tonight.

Abu Dhabi Police took to X to warn motorists to exercise caution while driving in the rain, and to pay attention to changing speed limits, which can be seen on electronic signs along the road.

Sharjah Police urged drivers to follow traffic rules and avoid speeding during inclement weather. Residents must avoid going out during hazardous conditions and wait for the weather to improve. If going out under unavoidable circumstances, drivers must maintain a safe distance between vehicles. While driving, ensure good visibility and take turns with caution.

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Community members must refrain from venturing into low-lying areas and valleys during rain and avoid heavy penalties.

The NCM also warned that the eastern regions of the country are prone to flash floods, and residents should stay away from these areas. Some residents have reported hearing thunder this morning. The social media handle Storm Centre has shared videos of rain in Sharjah and Ajman.

Temperatures are set to drop to 26°C in Abu Dhabi and 27°C in Dubai. The mountainous regions could see the temperature drop to 16°C today.

The sea will be moderate to rough at times off the shore of the Arabian Gulf, and slight to moderate in the Oman Sea.


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