UAE weather: Hail falls in Fujairah as temperatures climb above 40°C

Forecasters say there is a possibility of rain on Monday

A screengrab of video showing hail. Courtesy NCM
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Freezing rain fell in the UAE on Sunday, despite the temperature crossing 40°C in parts of the country.

National Centre of Meteorology shared a video of a person holding large clumps of hail that accompanied a downpour in Al Dhaid Masafi Road, near the Friday Market, in Fujairah.

While hail is usually associated with icy temperatures, it can accompany heavy rain.

It has been seen before in the UAE during bouts of wild weather.

The phenomenon occurs when strong currents of air carry water high enough to freeze, according to WeatherBug. The stronger the updraft, the larger the stones.

UAE weather: hail falls in Fujairah

UAE weather: hail falls in Fujairah

Updrafts can be caused by the sun heating the ground, which causes the surrounding air to rise.

This creates the perfect conditions for hail, even in the hot UAE desert.

Rain could return on Monday, forecasters at NCM said.

The weather is expected to be fair to partly cloudy and hazy at times, with low clouds appearing in the east by the morning and a chance of showers in the afternoon.

It will be hot during the daytime, with temperatures reaching up to 38°C in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai.