UAE’s 28 days of rain: What to know about the present weather with more showers expected
A National Centre of Meteorology expert told KT in an interview that the rains have been heavier than normal for this time of year.
A period of heavy rain has been falling on the UAE for almost a month. Parts of the nation have been battered by intense rain, thunderstorms, and even hail over the past 28 days, causing valleys to flood and waterfalls to cascade off the mountains.
October 14 saw the start of the current wet weather with some light rain. A National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) analyst stated that the rains had been heavier than typical for this time of year in an interview with Khaleej Times.
Here’s all you need to know about the current weather, the likelihood of more rain, and the penalties and infractions related to driving while it’s raining.
Will it keep raining? Where, if so?
Sure. The NCM’s five-day weather forecast indicates that rain is predicted for the east and west of the nation on Thursday and Friday.
In certain places, winds as high as 40 kmph will stir up dust. Through the weekend, cloudy conditions will persist throughout the western part of the nation.
Why has there been so much rain?
In the UAE, rain is typical during this time of year. Dr. Ahmed Habib of the NCM claims that this year’s crop has been heavier than usual. There have been clouds and a “low-pressure system” in addition to the typical rainy season. Additionally, the nation has persisted in its efforts to increase rainfall via seeding clouds.
It has poured where?
Over the past four weeks, various degrees of rain have spread across the entire nation. The skies have opened up over parts of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah in addition to the hilly regions of Fujairah, Khor Fakkan, and Ras Al Khaimah. By the end of the previous month, the weather became so bad that a lot of offices and schools went online, allowing staff and students to go about their daily lives from the comfort of their own homes.
Things to consider before taking a drive in the rain
As soon as it starts to rain, a lot of UAE citizens head for the roads. Even though it might be enjoyable to drive in the rain, drivers need to know which areas to avoid.
The Ministry of Interior introduced new traffic infractions earlier this year in an effort to discourage individuals who go to regions that are vulnerable to flash floods, or “storm chasers.” It is now illegal to congregate during wet weather near dams, flooded areas, or valleys without paying a Dh1,000 fine. Driving over flooded valleys can result in a Dh2,000 fine, 23 black points, and the seizure of your car for 60 days.