By Gavin Gibbon
Rainfall, thunder, lightning and hail to hit country from Tuesday afternoon
Rain, thunder, lightning and hail are forecast to return to the UAE on Tuesday afternoon.
Amna Al Zaabi, weather forecaster, NCM, said: “Clouds are expected to increase in the northern and eastern areas by Tuesday afternoon and will gradually extend to some coastal and internal areas and may also reach Abu Dhabi.
“The clouds will be associated with some convective clouds and rainfall and thunder, lightning and hail at times, therefore please be cautious while driving during the rain.”
Temperatures are also expected to drop, particularly over the mountains where Al Zaabi warned there could be snow on the peaks. The lowest temperature over the country this morning was 2.7 °C in Jais Mountain, which was recorded at midnight.
The wind will be fresh to strong at times over the sea, with blowing dust and sand over exposed areas, reaching gusts of up to 55km/h.
While the sea will be rough to very rough in the Arabian Gulf and rough in the Oman Sea.
Al Zaabi added: “The cloud amount will gradually decrease from Wednesday afternoon, so the weather becomes cloudy to partly cloudy.”
The country is still cleaning up from the weekend storms. According to the NCM, the rainfall over the weekend was the highest since 1996. As of Sunday morning, the highest amount of rainfall from January 9-12 was reported in Al Shakla, Al Ain, with 190.4mm.
The Dubai Media Office said rainfall reached 150mm per hour for two-and-a-half hours.