Unstable weather, more rain forecast

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Unstable weather, more rain forecast Silvia Radan / 10 February 2014 Rain lashes the country; sky to remain partially cloudy with chances of showers. The first day of the week began with heavy showers throughout the country. Heavy northeasterly winds the night before gathered heavy clouds over Abu Dhabi and other desert and coastal areas and eventually ended with a downpour that brought early morning traffic to a standstill. Morning showers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other emirates forced people to take out their umbrellas and wear warm clothes. — KT photos by Rahul Gajjar and Grace Guino More cloud formation from the Arabian Gulf was forecasted by the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) creating more chances of rainfall. The temperatures too have dropped by a few degrees throughout the UAE, reaching maximum of 18 to 23 degrees Celsius and minimum of 15 to17 degrees Celsius in coastal areas. In mountainous areas, temperatures dropped to as low as four degrees Celsius. With winds blowing at a speed of 50km per hour, many felt these temperatures were a lot lower. According to NCMS experts, the rise and fall in temperatures and the amount of rainfall witnessed by the UAE since December is quite normal. “I remember we barely had a drop of rain in the last couple of winters and now, all of a sudden, it rains almost every week,” said Ahmed Sadek, an Egyptian residing in Abu Dhabi for the past eight years. “We love the rain! It is so much needed for our farms and even desert life, but with all this weather changes we were almost constantly sick in the past three weeks. I feel better now, but both my daughter and my husband have are suffering from severe flu infection now,” said Alia Al Romaithi, an Emirati from Al Ain. Today, the weather will remain unstable, with partial clouds and possible light rain showers especially in the North and East of the UAE. NCMS warns of rough seas both on Arabian and Oman gulfs because of strong winds. silvia@khaleejtimes.com For more news from Khaleej Times, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes , and on Twitter at @khaleejtimes Continue reading →

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