Rain lashed parts of Al Ain and some regions of the country’s north as strong winds sent dust swirling into the air in Dubai and Sharjah on Friday evening.
There were also light to moderate showers in Zayed City of Al Gharbia in Abu Dhabi. Rainwater accumulated in low-lying areas and temperature dropped in the city in the Western Region.
A bright sunny day gave way to clouds and dust at dusk with clouds looming over the horizon. The dust caught motorists unawares and spoilt plans of residents planning an outing ahead of the new school term.
Being a weekend, traffic moved at an easy pace but the dust slowed down vehicles on highways. The met office had predicted hazy and cloudy weather but what surprised residents in Al Ain were the showers which lashed the garden city the second time this week.
The National Centre for Seismology and Meteorology did not say if a weather pattern or South West Monsoon was causing the wind and rain but warned the sea might become rough in the north Oman Sea.
Cities along the coast like Dubai and Abu Dhabi saw temperatures hovering around 41 degree Celsius, while the unseasonal rain in regions like Al Ain, Al Wathba and Sweihan brought down the mercury to a pleasant 26 degree Celsius by the evening. There were also reports of showers in Fujairah and mountainous Ras Al Khaimah.
The Abu Dhabi Police have warned motorists to drive with caution during the rain in the eastern region.
The NCMS has forecast some haze and clouds over the region today. Moderate winds are also expected over internal desert regions. The Oman Sea and Arabian Gulf could also witness some churning with light to moderate conditions predicted for today.