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UAE Weather Department Forecasts Significant Rainfall and Strong Winds

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Abu Dhabi, March 20, 2024: The United Arab Emirates’ National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has issued a comprehensive advisory, warning residents of an imminent weather change set to bring significant rainfall and strong winds across the region.

In a statement released on Tuesday night, the NCM highlighted the potential for an increase in cloud cover, accompanied by light to moderate rainfall. 

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However, the forecast also indicates the possibility of heavier downpours, interspersed with lightning and thunderstorms, leading to a noticeable drop in temperatures.

The weather advisory anticipates the onset of this weather system starting this Sunday, as a deepening upper-air trough sets the stage for scattered showers and strong winds. 

While the rainfall is expected to gradually ease by Tuesday evening, the Met Department report cautioned against potential hazards associated with the weather.

One of the prominent concerns is the shift in wind patterns, from south-easterly to north-easterly, eventually becoming northwesterly. 

These winds, described as moderate to fresh and potentially reaching strong gusts, could trigger blowing dust and sand storms, significantly impairing visibility on roads. Motorists are strongly urged to exercise caution and remain vigilant of changing weather conditions.

The impact of this weather phenomenon extends to the maritime domain, with the Arabian Gulf expected to witness light to moderate waves, escalating to rough to very rough conditions during periods of heavy cloud cover. 

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Similarly, the Oman Sea is forecasted to experience rough seas, particularly in areas with convective clouds.

Precipitation projections vary across different regions of the UAE. Coastal areas are expected to receive lighter rainfall, ranging between 10mm and 40mm, while internal areas could encounter heavier precipitation, ranging from 50mm to 80mm.

Specifically, Abu Dhabi can anticipate varying intensities of rainfall, with coastal areas expected to receive a total of 10mm to 20mm of precipitation, while internal regions may experience higher accumulations, ranging between 25mm to 50mm.

In Dubai and Sharjah, significant rainfall is forecasted even in coastal areas, with total accumulated precipitation expected to range between 15mm and 50mm. 

Residents are advised to prepare for these weather conditions and take necessary precautions to mitigate any potential risks.

The NCM’s advisory underscores the importance of staying informed and adhering to safety protocols during adverse weather events. Authorities continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as the weather situation evolves.

As the UAE braces for this impending weather system, it is crucial for individuals and communities to remain vigilant, exercise caution while commuting, and stay abreast of official advisories to ensure their safety and well-being amidst the changing climatic conditions.

 

This article was created using automation and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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