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UAE Weather: Residents Can Expect Heavy Rain and Thunder This Week

UAE residents, brace yourself for another week for unfavorable weather as more rain has been forecast ahead.

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After a remarkable countrywide response to the April 16 rainstorm, residents of the UAE have gradually returned to normalcy. Two weeks later, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has forecast thunder and rain of varying intensities across the UAE, starting from Sunday, April 28 to Saturday, May 4.

Rain predicted in this week’s UAE weather forecast

According to the NCM’s weather forecast for this week, the UAE is affected by “an extension of a surface low pressure from the Red Sea accompanied with humid Southeasterly winds, with an extension of a low pressure from the Northwest.” This means, rain will be expected in parts of the UAE this week, from Wednesday night until the end of Thursday, while thunder and lightning may arrive in Dubai later on Thursday.

The statement from the NCM mentions “moderate to heavy rainfall over scattered areas with lightning and thunder at times and a probability of hail, starting from the West by Wednesday night and extends over most areas of the country on Thursday and centered over western, coastal and some Eastern areas.” Conditions are set to improve come Friday, as the NCM predicts: “Cloud amount decreases gradually with a continuity in a chance of light to moderate rainfall maybe heavy over some Southern and Eastern areas.”

After experiencing what is dubbed the heaviest rainfall the UAE has received, residents are left wondering whether the upcoming weather will be just as severe. Speaking to Khaleej Times, NCM weather expert Ahmed Habib stated that this week’s UAE rain forecast is not as concerning. “This will not be like last time’s situation. This will be completely different,” he said. “The UAE will see cloud formation in the south of Abu Dhabi in Al Dhafra area that’ll gradually move towards the internal parts like Al Ain area. But May 3 will be the ‘peak’ of the situation.”

Following the rainstorm on April 16, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, announced a series of projects to help ease the severe weather’s impact on Dubai residents, and tackle issues like damage and loss of property. As part of this directive, all residential management companies and real estate developers must offer a host of services at no additional charges. These include, “alternative housing for residents affected by the weather; distribution of food within affected communities; comprehensive pest control services; enhanced security to ensure safety of residents; assistance with returning to residential properties, including interior cleaning services; monitoring and documenting damages caused by the rains during the insurance coverage period; and assistance in assessing potential risks to properties.”


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The royal also took to Instagram to share his gratitude for the efforts of the community, and essential workers who helped restore normalcy in Dubai. “A special thank you to all who have contributed to our city. With your efforts, Dubai will remain a beautiful place to be,” he captioned the heartfelt video.

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