In a rare meteorological phenomenon, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is set to experience another round of rainfall from November 15 to 18, according to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM).
This announcement follows an extraordinary 28 consecutive days of rain that blanketed the Emirates, transforming the arid landscape into a waterlogged spectacle. The upcoming weather pattern promises varying intensities, with thunderstorms and lightning expected over the east, north, and coastal regions.
On November 15, the country is poised for cloud cover, culminating in evening rain. Subsequent days, Thursday and Friday, are anticipated to witness more dramatic weather, featuring lightning, thunder, and rainfall across specified areas.
Saturday, however, offers a respite as conditions ease up, presenting partly cloudy skies in the east with lingering chances of rain.
Recent Weather Trends:
The UAE has been basking in relatively pleasant weather despite the forthcoming deluge. Monday marked the season’s lowest temperature, with Rakna, Al Ain, experiencing a dip below 10°C.
Other regions, including Al Marmoom and Lahbab in Dubai, recorded temperatures as low as 13°C on the same day. The NCM’s five-day forecast suggests a further decrease in temperature on Thursday, adding a chill to the air.
October to November Deluge:
The UAE has been grappling with a unique weather pattern from October 14 to November 10, marked by heavy rains, thunderstorms, and even hail.
The relentless downpour inundated valleys and streets, transforming the desert into a waterlogged landscape. Mountains became the source of cascading waterfalls, providing a surreal contrast to the traditionally dry environment.
The past weekend marked the end of this meteorological marathon, providing the first dry respite in four weeks.
Impact on the Region:
The continuous rains have not been without consequences. Valleys and streets bore the brunt of flooding, disrupting normal life in affected areas. The visually stunning transformation of the landscape, however, brought challenges in its wake.
Residents and authorities had to contend with waterlogged streets, altered traffic patterns, and the unique challenge of managing excess water in a region not accustomed to such sustained rainfall.
Preparedness and Response:
In response to the prolonged weather event, the UAE authorities have been actively engaged in managing the aftermath. Emergency services have been on high alert, addressing issues arising from the continuous rain, including floods and road closures.
Infrastructure resilience has been tested, with drainage systems working overtime to manage the unexpected influx of water.
While the rains have brought a temporary change to the UAE’s landscape, there are environmental considerations to be acknowledged.
The unique flora and fauna of the region, adapted to arid conditions, may face challenges in adapting to the sudden excess of water.
Environmentalists and conservationists will be closely monitoring the aftermath to assess any lasting impact on the delicate ecosystems.
As the UAE braces for another round of rain, it reflects on a month that defied the expectations of a traditionally dry climate.
The visual spectacle of waterfalls in the mountains and flooded streets may be a rare sight, but it also poses challenges for a region not accustomed to such sustained rainfall.
The upcoming weather forecast serves as a reminder of the unpredictability of nature and the importance of adaptability in the face of changing climatic patterns.