By Sarah Townsend
Heavy rain fell in parts of the country on Friday night and Saturday
Cool, wet weather is expected to continue in the UAE until
Sunday afternoon. The cooler temperatures are forecast to continue until New Year's Eve, although sunny conditions are set to return by the end of the
week, forecasters said.
Heavy rain fell over the western part of the UAE on Friday
night, and continued in other parts of the country throughout Saturday.
The National Centre for Meteorology & Seismology (NCMS)
reportedly carried out five ‘cloud seeding’ operations - a process that works to increase
rainfall - across the country on
Dubai Police issued a warning to drivers on Twitter on
Saturday, advising them to reduce speed during the rain to avoid accidents.
In Abu Dhabi about 0.8 millimetres of rain had fallen by the
evening, the NCMS said, and the city’s Department of Transport reported a crash
on Sheikh Zayed Road at around 11am.
Abu Al Abyad island off the coast of Abu Dhabi received the
highest amount of rainfall on Saturday – around 49.8mm - according to reports.
Temperatures dropped by an estimated 4-5 degrees Celsius
across the country, with highs between 10 and 20 degrees as well as strong
winds and cloudy skies.
The temperature was set to rise slightly on Sunday, with
coastal highs reaching between 24 and 25 degrees Celsius and a lower chance of
rain by Monday.