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Weekend of storms forecast for the UAE

Rain storms and thunder and lightning to hit country over Friday and Saturday, according to National Centre of Meteorology

Weekend of storms forecast for the UAE

According to the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), it is expected to start raining on Thursday afternoon over the western areas, the eastern mountains and the sea.


Residents in the UAE are being warned to brace themselves, with heavy rain, hail and thunder and lightning forecast for the weekend.

According to the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), it is expected to start raining on Thursday afternoon over the western areas, the eastern mountains and the sea.

In a social media update, Amna Al Zaabi, weather forecaster with NCM, said: “The weather instability is expected to intensify and will gradually extend over most areas of the country on Friday and Saturday. Different intensities of rainfall are expected. There is a chance of hail as well as thunder and lightning at times.”

Winds will be fresh to strong over Friday and Saturday, leading to blowing sand and poor visibility. “We urge drivers to be cautious and follow the traffic laws,” said Al Zaabi.

While the sea will be rough to very rough in the Arabian Gulf and rough in the Oman Sea.

Clouds are expected to decrease on Saturday night, with temperatures also set to drop, particularly over the mountain areas.

“The weather instability will weaken on Sunday and Monday, hence the weather will be cloudy to partly cloudy and the chance of some rain over the coastal, northern and eastern areas,” added Al Zaabi.

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