Watch: Dubai drenched as rain hits several parts of UAE; police warn motorists to expect unstable weather

Authorities have issued safety videos, tips on their social media platforms and urged drivers to follow traffic rules



By Web Desk

Published: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 11:30 AM

Last updated: Mon 23 Jan 2023, 4:28 PM

UAE woke up to an overcast Monday morning, and soon several parts of the country witnessed heavy rain, and temperatures dipped to 22º in Dubai and 4º in the mountainous region.

Residents in Deira reported heavy rainfall in the afternoon, and UAE's National Centre of Meteorology confirmed moderate to heavy rain over several areas in Dubai and Sharjah.

Several parts of Dubai were drenched as rain lashed Al Warqa, Dubai International Airport, Al Aweer, Al Khawaneej, Nadd Al Hamar, Al Rashidiya and Ras Al Khor area. In Al Ain, Jebel Hafeet, Al Bada areas received moderate rain.

Authorities have sent warning messages to motorists and residents as rain hits several parts of the country. The weather department predicted that the day would be partly cloudy in general and cloudy at times over scattered areas with a chance of rainfall, especially over some Eastern, Coastal, and Western areas.

Earlier in the day, light to moderate rain fell over the Al Dhafra region, in some parts of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Umm Al Quawain and Fujairah International Airport.

The Abu Dhabi Police urged motorists to drive safely during rainfall and to adhere to traffic rules on internal and external roads. The authority said unstable weather conditions are expected over the coming days and urged road users to follow the weather condition before starting their journey.

Drivers should reduce speed, leave sufficient distance between vehicles, and stress the danger of getting distracted behind the wheel. The speed limit in Abu Dhabi is automatically reduced during unstable weather and displayed on electronic road signs.

Heavy vehicles and public transport owners are requested to warn drivers and educate them to adhere to safe driving during rain, stop at the nearest exit, and reinforce preventive measures to preserve the lives and safety of everybody.

Ras Al Khaimah police have also posted a safety video on their social media and shared tips for safe driving during rain.

  • Slow down if visibility is low
  • Drive on low speed lanes and change lane only when necessary
  • Use hazard lights only when your vehicle comes to a complete stop or when it comes to an unexpected stop on road side
  • Avoid mountain region during rain
  • Turn on low beam during daytime driving
  • Maintain safe distance
  • Check brakes and tires a regular basis
  • Check windscreen wiper
  • Count at least 5 seconds before complete stop

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