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Rain, thunder and lightning forecast to hit the UAE from Friday

Dust and sand over exposed areas will cause poor horizontal visibility

Rain, thunder and lightning forecast to hit the UAE from Friday

NCM said Friday will be cloudy, especially over coastal areas and western islands, with the chance of rain.

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UAE residents have been warned to brace themselves for thunder, lightning and heavy rain from Friday.

According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), the country will experience unsettled weather right through to Monday and advice to the public is to “take precautionary measures” during rainfall and poor visibility and stay away from flash flood valleys.

NCM said Friday will be cloudy, especially over coastal areas and western islands, with the chance of rain.

Weather is expected to worsen by Sunday and into Monday, with thunder and lightning forecast as well as rainfall.

A statement said: “Moderate to fresh wind is expected especially over the sea and with the convective clouds, causing blowing dust and sand over the exposed areas with poor horizontal visibility at times. Sea will be moderate to rough especially with clouds in the Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea.”

The UAE was battered by storms just last weekend, with heavy rain causing localised flooding.

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