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UAE Rainstorm: Can Residents Expect Heavy Showers Next Week Too?

As the UAE and all of its residents continue to reel from the aftermath of the unprecedented heavy rain on April 16, more showers can be expected next week.

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On Tuesday, April 16, the UAE witnessed what has been classified as the heaviest rainfall in 75 years, as well as a year’s worth of rain in a single day. The subsequent days see residents continue to deal with the after-effects, which include flooding, loss of property, water and power cuts, disruptions on roads and public transport systems, and flight delays. While clear skies and sunny days soon followed, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), the official UAE weather forecasting authority, has announced that residents can expect another round of rains precisely a week later.

The NCM’s 10-day weather forecast for Dubai and all other emirates issued on Thursday indicates that Tuesday, April 23, will see partly cloudy conditions with occasional cloud cover. There will also be a possibility of light to moderate rain, which could turn into heavy rain in certain areas of the UAE, according to the NCM. The centre added that coastal regions may also witness a decrease in temperatures. Sharjah News also took to its Instagram to share an update about the weather, stating that there is the possibility of cumulus clouds forming over the mountains on Saturday, April 20 which will be accompanied by rainfall. Light and moderate rain can also be expected on Monday, April 22, and it may be heavy at times in some areas on Tuesday, April 23.

This week has also witnessed a number of swift responses from the UAE government bodies and civil authorities in restoring normality in the heavy rain-affected areas. In a recent meeting, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, directed heads of Dubai Government entities to “develop a comprehensive proactive plan to further enhance Dubai’s preparedness for dealing with unexpected weather conditions.” He stated that “the challenges Dubai encountered in recent days provide an opportunity for the emirate to enhance its emergency response systems and create a new mechanism backed by proactive plans to manage various scenarios.”

According to WAM, the National Ambulance, part of the National Guard Command, effectively responded to 1,426 urgent calls across the Northern Emirates from April 15 to 17. Dubai Airports, which was one of the severely affected locations, has urged passengers not to come to the airport unless their flights have been confirmed and recommended arriving only two hours before their scheduled departure. COO of Dubai Airports Majed Al Joker has stated that the airport will return to its full operational capacity within 24 hours.

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