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Unstable weather to continue across the UAE

Airlines experienced some delays due to weather conditions in Gulf region

Unstable weather to continue across the UAE
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The unstable weather is set to continue in the UAE over the next 24 hours, according to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).

In its latest bulletin, the UAE forecaster said the unstable weather will continue for the next day or so, with an increased amount of clouds over scattered areas bringing different intensities of rainfall, occasionally heavy and thundery at times.

Early Sunday, Dubai Police tweeted about traffic
congestion due to an accident on Airport Road from Emirates toward Sheikh
Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, asking motorists to use alternative routes.

NCMS said the winds will also become strong at times, especially over the sea and with towering clouds. The seas will be rough to very rough, especially with cloud activity, in the Arabian Gulf and the Oman Sea.

The NCMS has advised motorists to take precautions while driving during rain and poor visibility, and to avoid water-gathering, especially near highlands and valleys runs.

The inclement weather has affected events over the weekend, as well as a number of flights.

The Desert Warrior Challenge in Ajman fell victim to the bad weather, as did the Street Market DXB at Dubai Creek.

Airlines in the region also reported disruptions to operations due to the severe weather conditions.

Etihad Airways said ten flights had diverted to airports within the UAE and GCC on Saturday morning, before eventually landing at Abu Dhabi later in the day.

Emirates said on Saturday that some of its flights were also affected by the weather, and advised passengers to check their flight status for updates.

Qatar Airways offered similar advice to passengers flying from Hamad International Airport.