Rain and thunderstorms increase chances of flooding across the UAE

DUBAI // Rain and thunderstorms will renew flood risks across the UAE and Oman this week, according to meteorologists. Areas from Abu Dhabi to Muscat will be threatened by thunderstorms until Thursday, said Eric Leister from accuweather.com, with a possibility of floods. “While these storms are not expected to pose as great of a flooding […]

DUBAI // Rain and thunderstorms will renew flood risks across the UAE and Oman this week, according to meteorologists.

Areas from Abu Dhabi to Muscat will be threatened by thunderstorms until Thursday, said Eric Leister from accuweather.com, with a possibility of floods.

“While these storms are not expected to pose as great of a flooding threat compared to previous storms between March 7 and March 10, isolated flash flooding will be possible,” he said. “The strongest storms across the UAE and northwest Oman will bring 13 to 25 millimetres of rain, which can trigger flash flooding and cause travel disruptions on Tuesday.”

Most of the unstable weather is expected to affect northern and eastern Oman. Scattered rain was reported across the UAE on Tuesday morning with unstable weather expected to continue until Wednesday, according to the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology.

The rain started on Monday evening in Dubai, with a number of accidents reported on the E11 in the early hours of Tuesday.

Tailbacks, slow-moving traffic and congestion was reported on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road from Ajman to Dubai Silicon Oasis with bumper-to-bumper traffic on the E11 and Al Ittihad Road from Sharjah to Dubai and Dubai Marina to the Dubai Creek.

An accident was reported on the E611 Emirates Road before the Maliha Road intersection towards Dubai, causing congestion and a slow-down of traffic.

There was a major accident on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road after the E66 Dubai-Al Ain intersection towards Abu Dhabi causing massive congestion and delays. Another minor accident was reported on Sheikh Zayed Road near Jebel Ali, Abu Dhabi-bound.

Dubai Police tweeted: “During heavy rain and unclear vision, please stop in a safe place until the vision is clear enough to drive.”

Motorists immediately took to social media as heavy rain poured across the country. One Pakistani resident in Dubai tweeted: “It’s drizzling again. Never before witnessed such unpredictable weather in Dubai.”

A Ukrainian resident in Dubai said: “Light rain and the whole city is a big traffic jam” while another tweeted: “More rain today. I’ve never seen so much bad weather in my five years in Dubai as we’ve had this winter.”

Others called the current weather across the country “bipolar”, “moody” and unusual for the month of March in the UAE.

Cloudy weather and overcast skies are reported for Wednesday with a chance of scattered rain, especially over the southern and eastern areas.

Clouds are expected to decrease at night but the sea will remain rough to very rough in the Arabian Gulf and rough in the Oman Sea.

Fair to partly cloudy weather is expected on Thursday with moderate to fresh winds, especially over the sea, which will be rough in the Arabian Gulf and moderate in the Oman Sea.

cmalek@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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