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Heavy rains, wind and thunderstorms batter UAE

Strong winds, heavy showers and thunderstorms battered parts of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday, with police and weather forecasters urging residents to remain cautious.

Thunder rumbling non-stop and lightning streaking through the skies wake UAE residents as heavy rainfall batters the country late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Unstable weather conditions will continue to impact the UAE from Monday through Wednesday due to an extension of a “low surface pressure” and two waves of unstable weather to move across the country on Tuesday, the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has announced.

Residents across Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah reported rainfall of varying intensities as a low-pressure system swept across the country. The Met Department confirmed thunderstorms and lightning over key airports, including Al Maktoum International Airport, Zayed International Airport, Al Bateen Airport, and airports in Sharjah and Fujairah.

Tuesday will face the brunt of the severe weather, with rain, thunderstorms, lightning, and hail expected to slap various parts of the Emirates. The country will be affected by two waves of 2 waves of unstable weather on Tuesday (April 16).

By afternoon in the western region of the UAE, a new wave will gradually advance towards Abu Dhabi. By afternoon and evening, it will progressively spread to the northern and eastern regions of the UAE, including Al Ain.

All government employees in UAE have been directed to work remotely on April 16 due to unstable weather conditions across the country.

Private sector companies on the other hand have been asked to take precautions in outdoor work environments where it is difficult to suspend operations.

All private schools in Dubai have been ordered to conduct remote learning due to unstable weather conditions. Government entities have also been directed to allow employees to work from home.

Ajman, Abu Dhabi and Umm Al Quwain have announced distance learning for private schools in the emirates due to unstable weather conditions.

Some flights out of the UAE could be delayed as unstable weather conditions intensify across the country, airline representatives have said. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said heavy rains on April 15-16 could potentially delay some flights.

Passengers have been advised to regularly check the airline’s website and “allow plenty of time to travel to the airport”.

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