UAE weather: rain, dust and strong winds expected this week

The unstable weather will start with clouds forming over the west of the UAE, bringing the possibility of rainfall on Tuesday evening and throughout the night.

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People have been advised to avoid the sea and wadis because of high winds, rain and dust storms expected across the country from Tuesday until the end of the week, the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology has said.

The unstable weather, brought on by a trough in atmospheric pressure over the Red Sea, will start with clouds forming over the west of the UAE, bringing the possibility of rainfall on Tuesday evening and throughout the night.

People who venture out to the desert should be cautious, the weather bureau said.

“Because of the heavy rain expected on Wednesday, the collective rainfall over the wadis will be high and the running water may be dangerous for people,” said a meteorologist. He added that strong winds are likely to cause flying debris and people should be careful when outside.

Coastal islands and mountainous areas in the east are also expected to be affected.

The wind is expected to pick up speed, whipping up dust and reducing visibility in some areas. In the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, the sea will be rough to very rough.

The bad weather is expected to intensify on Wednesday, with clouds, strong winds and reduced visibility spreading to the interior of the country. Rain, thunderstorms and hail are also a possibility.

The rain is expected to continue on Thursday, especially over the northern and eastern areas. The weather is expected to start clearing on Friday.

vtodorova@thenational.ae