Where will it rain in UAE over the weekend

The police in UAE has warned the public against spreading rumours about floods.

  
image used for illustrative purpose A man walks at the Palm Jumeirah beach as the Burj Al Arab hotel is seen during sunset in Dubai February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Saleh Salem

image used for illustrative purpose A man walks at the Palm Jumeirah beach as the Burj Al Arab hotel is seen during sunset in Dubai February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Saleh Salem

REUTERS/Saleh Salem

Thursday began on a rainy note in some parts of the UAE.

Light to moderate showers was reported over Al Quaa in Al Ain and over Mukhraiz.

Towering clouds associated with rainfall have been forecast in the UAE. The day, in general, will be partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of rainfall.

The National Centre for Meteorology (NCM) announced on Wednesday that more rains are expected in the coming days across the eastern parts of the country.

An official at the NCM told Khaleej Times that areas in Al Ain, Hatta, Masafi, Fujairah and mountains in Ras Al Khaimah will experience showers in the coming days. "More showers are also expected west of Abu Dhabi and near Al Sila area," he said.

As per an NCM report on Tuesday, the lowest temperature recorded over the country was 14.8 degree Celsius in Jebel Jais at 4.45am. Some areas of the eastern and northern region experienced rains of various intensity.

Dr Ahmad Habin, a weather expert with the NCM, said that the weather is partly cloudy to cloudy at times over scattered areas with a chance of some rainfall.

"Light to moderate winds in general, freshening at times, will be causing blowing dust. The relative humidity will increase during Thursday early morning over some coastal and internal areas. Sea is slight to moderate in the Arabian Gulf and in the Oman Sea."

Heavy rains have lashed the eastern parts of the UAE, particularly Al Gur area near Hatta, Shawkah area in Ras Al Khaimah, Wadi Al Helo in Sharjah, and some parts in the north near Masafi, he added.

"Clouds have formed near Al Ain, which also caused some downpour, mainly in Hafeet area," he said. "Thunder and hailstorm were also reported in Al Gur area near Hatta."

The maximum amount of showers reported on Tuesday hit 33.4mm in the area, while Khatm Al Shakla in Al Ain saw up to 32mm rains. Jebel Hafeet area experienced 29.4mm rain, Dr Habib explained.

"The low pressure attracting moisture and winds is the main reason behind the formation of heavy clouds along the entire eastern parts of the UAE, and the heavy showers reported on Tuesday."

"More clouds and rains are expected over the coming few days on the eastern parts of the country, near Al Ain, at Hatta, Masafi, particularly Wadi Mareedh, Wadi Mai in Fujairah, and over the mountains of Ras Al Khaimah," he said.

Don't spread rumours, warn police

The RAK Police warned the public against spreading rumours. "The public is urged to get trusted information from official sources and never post or share fake news and baseless stories on social media."

The police has further deployed more patrols to ensure traffic flow and attend to emergency cases if needed, urging drivers to take precautionary measures and avoid the valleys and mountains.

"It is so risky to go out or drive under the heavy showers or to the flooded valleys."

The mountainous valleys are filled with rain water, said police sources. "The public is urged to avoid the valleys and slippery roads, and contact the central operations room in case of emergency."

Department of public works geared up

The Department of Public Works in Ras Al Khaimah has deployed several tankers and staff to drain any accumulated rainwater to ensure public safety.

Ahmed Al Hammadi, director-general of the department, said they are ready for the coming seasonal showers with 80 tankers and 40 pumping machines.

"The department, which drained millions of gallons of rainwater last season, has come up with efficient and practical solutions to prevent showers from flooding the houses of in the valleys and mountains."

"We have removed all the farms and makeshift houses built illegally on the streams of the valleys."

Late in November 2017, five Indian nationals were rescued from a car that was washed away by flood waters in Khor Fakkan. Later, the rescue personnel managed to recover the body of a missing Indian student, who was with them, close to the Omani borders.

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