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Over 60mm of rain recorded in parts of Abu Dhabi as thunderstorms lash parts of UAE

If you live in the eastern or southern region of the UAE, it’s probably time to invest in an umbrella, with thunderstorms and rainy weather expected to continue until Wednesday evening.

Referring to it as an “unstable weather pattern”, a spokesperson with the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology, UAE confirmed the southern part of Bida Zayed will probably face the brunt, with 60mm of rain recorded on Monday alone in the Abu Dhabi community, with reports of fallen trees and water logging in areas.

The instability in the UAE’s otherwise scorching summer heat has been caused by the easterly trope that has extended the Indian monsoon weather pattern over the Arabian Sea.

Speaking to Emirates 24|7, an NCMS spokesperson said: “We will continue to see cloud cover over the eastern and southern parts of the UAE, with the convective activity in the upper atmosphere also resulting in possible thunderstorms.”

Convective activity occurs when clouds are vertically formed due to instability in the atmosphere caused by layers of hot and cooler air colliding.

“This convergence of air increases the amount of moisture and precipitation in the clouds, resulting in rain,” he added. “This is the kind of weather pattern which is usually seen over Al Ain, which is why it experiences more rainfall than most areas.”

While Bida Zayed, Al Hammim and Al Fouwaa areas in Abu Dhabi will experience wet conditions, the NCMS has ruled out chances of rainy weather spreading to the cities any time soon.

He continued: “It is highly unlikely that Dubai, Abu Dhabi city or Sharjah will experience anything more than cloud cover. This is largely due to the easterly trope that has carried the Indian monsoon weather over the Arabian Sea and towards eastern and southern UAE skies.”

Meanwhile, temperatures are not likely to dip either, with hot weather in mid-40s predicted over the next couple of days.

The NCMS rep explained: “While the easterly flow will bring rain, the southern winds will heat up the lower atmosphere and maintain the mercury at its current temperatures.”

However, humidity is expected to increase to 95 per cent in coastal areas, with dusty conditions and low visibility predicted inland.

Meanwhile, the NCMS has confirmed it has planes on standby at Al Ain airport to facilitate rain through cloud seeding.

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