Storm weather hits UAE: More thunder, rain, dust in forecast
Dubai, Apr 7 (Emirates24|7): Thunderstorms lashed the UAE last night, capping a day of terrible weather – sand and dust storms making going outdoors impossible and reducing visibility for motorists.
While some international flights arriving and departing from Dubai International Airport were delayed, this flight schedule this morning seemed to be back on track according to the schedule on the airport’s website.
However, there seems to be no respite from the inclement weather, despite the haze of dust particles that seemed to have enveloped Dubai yesterday, lifting in the early morning today.
The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) has forecast that the weather will be hazy to partly cloudy, and with a chance of rain.
It added that a northwesterly wind will blow over most areas causing dust to rise and reducing horizontal, especially in the western areas.
Relative humidity will increase during night and early morning.
The sea is forecast to be moderate, with a slight chance of night and early morning fog over some areas tomorrow.
Dubai Police warns motorists to drive with caution due to low visibility.
On the Twitter page of Dubai Police, a tweet went out at 5.30pm on Saturday, stating: "Please take caution on the roads due to the low visibility because of the dusty air, have a safe journey."
Five accidents were reported yesterday.
Three of the accidents took place on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.
At 7.00am an accident took place opposite Global Village, in the direction of Abu Dhabi, followed by a second accident at 11.45am opposite the Vegetable Market, in the direction of Sharjah.
A little more than an hour later, an accident took place towards Al Rashidiya bridge, in the direction of Abu Dhabi.
Skeikh Zayed Road was not free of accidents; at 12.57pm an accident took place in the direction of Abu Dhabi.
On Defaa Bridge towards the Dubai Mall exit another accident took place at 11.05am.
On Saturday, an early morning drizzle in parts of the UAE gave way to severe sandy and dusty conditions, as strong winds blew across the UAE.
Motorists were on the alert for rain, as a storm anticipated to hit over the weekend ended up leaving the country in a dusty and sandy haze.
The maximum expected temperatures on Saturday will be 29°C in Fujairah, 34°C in Dubai and Ajman, 35°C in Abu Dhabi, 36°C in Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain and 37°C in Ras Al Khaimah, the NCMS said.