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No respite for the UAE as heavy rain set to continue

Storms and thunder and lightning reported across the country on Sunday morning

No respite for the UAE as heavy rain set to continue

The weather had brought parts of the country to a standstill through Friday night and into Saturday, with widespread flooding reported and videos shared on social media.

Heavy rain continued to cause chaos across the UAE into Sunday morning.

The weather had brought parts of the country to a standstill through Friday night and into Saturday, with widespread flooding reported and videos shared on social media.

It showed little signs of relenting on Sunday, with heavy rain and thunder and lightning throughout all seven emirates.

According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), rain and ‘fresh winds’ are forecast to continue up until 10am on Sunday, with conditions in the Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea rough to very rough.

It said temperatures will peak at around 20°C in Abu Dhabi and 21°C but warned colder conditions in the more mountainous regions could see snow and hail.

Dubai International Airport was one of many areas affected by the heavy rains over the weekend, with disruption to services. A tweet on Saturday night warned of more potential delays.

It said: “Given the expectation of continued heavy rains this evening, the turbulence in some airport operations may continue during the next twenty-four hours, as there will be a delay or cancellation of some flights and the diversion of some of them. We do our best with our service partners to restore operations to full capacity as soon as possible.”

Parts of Sheikh Zayed Road were also submerged under water, with some motorists forced to abandon their vehicles.

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), left it up to the discretion of individual schools on Sunday to decide whether to open their doors or not.

A statement on Twitter said: “We understand that different schools are in different situations all across Dubai. We know that principals are thinking about the safety of their students and staff, and we trust them to make the right decision for their schools. Stay safe everyone.”

While Global Village, in Dubai, was also closed because of the weather.

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