Watch: Heavy rains with thunder, lightning lash Abu Dhabi, light shower in parts of Dubai

Videos show heavy downpours at the Abu Dhabi International Airport and other areas


Ajanta Paul

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Published: Sun 21 May 2023, 1:13 PM

Last updated: Mon 22 May 2023, 12:19 AM

UAE residents have been enjoying relatively cooler weather as rains drenched several parts of the country over the weekend. Mother Nature put up quite a spectacle of heavy rain, accompanied by lightning and thunderstorms on Saturday.

Some parts of the country will continue to enjoy rain, but the public should beware of thunder and lightning. The UAE's National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has reported heavy showers in Abu Dhabi since Sunday morning. In Dubai, Mina Jebel Ali area saw light rainfall.

The Met Department recorded moderate to heavy rain in Ghanadhah with lightning and thunder. Al Bahia also experienced light to average rainfall. Social media platforms were abuzz with videos of rain at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. However, there are no reports of flight disruption due to weather.

Videos posted by the weather-related handle Storm Centre show the overcast sky and heavy downpours at the Abu Dhabi airport and inside communities. Watch them here:

Other areas that experienced moderate to heavy rainfall include:

  • Al Shahamah
  • Shakhbout
  • Al Shalilah
  • Al Taweelah
  • Ghanadhan
  • Al Mamourah
  • Al Reef
  • Yas Island
  • Mohamed bin Zayed City
  • Al Mafraq

The intensity of the rainfall resulted in the accumulation of water in the main streets, communities and valleys across these areas. Citizens and expats have been urged not to go near flooded areas and valleys.

On Thursday, UAE announced new traffic fines of up to Dh2,000 that aim to boost safety, especially during emergencies related to rainy and unstable weather conditions. Gathering near valleys, flooded areas and dams, entering flooded valleys will invite fines and black points from the authorities.

The Abu Dhabi Police have also launched a new road alert system across highways to alert drivers of traffic incidents or weather conditions. The aim is to enhance the road safety of motorists.

The Abu Dhabi Municipality has been monitoring the weather conditions and confirmed its readiness of emergency teams to deal with various emergencies around the clock. The public can contact the authority through various channels in case of a fallen tree, water ponds, or falling and sloping street lights.

  • Emergency number: 993
  • WhatsApp: 026788888
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Weather forecast

Over the next few days, the UAE weather will be partly cloudy and dusty at times, with a chance of convective cloud formation associated with rainfall over some Eastern, internal, and Western areas.

The weather department has warned of strong winds, reaching 45 Km/h and rough sea at times, especially with clouds with wave height reaching 6 FT in Oman Sea, from 04:10 until 23:00 Sunday (May 21).


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