UAE weather: Residents wake up to rain and fog

Abu Dhabi International Airport was closed for more than an hour on Monday morning because of severe fog. Flights will be affected.
Fog envelops Al Muneera on Monday morning. Deepthi Unnikrishnan / The National
Fog envelops Al Muneera on Monday morning. Deepthi Unnikrishnan / The National

ABU DHABI // Fog blanketed the UAE on Monday morning, reducing visibility on the roads in some areas to less than 50 metres and grounding flights at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Light rain was also reported in Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Airways flights to and from Abu Dhabi have been disrupted by the closure of Abu Dhabi International Airport due to severe fog.

Following the closure at 7.30am, the airline diverted 15 inbound flights to five other airports in the region.

Other inbound flights have been delayed, and departures from Abu Dhabi will be affected.

The airport reopened for operations at 8.50am.

The Ministry of Interior issued a warning for drivers on their Twitter account.

“Low visibility due to fog formation on different parts in Abu Dhabi and highways. Motorists are urged to take extra caution,” it said.

At least one serious accident was reported in Dubai, on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road near Motor City.

The National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology also issued a warning about poor visibility over “most internal and western areas due to fog formation” and outlined the areas affected.

The forecaster predicted fair to partly cloudy weather for the rest of the day, with clouds increasing to the north and a chance of light rain over the far northeastern areas.

The winds will be moderation in general.

Published: December 29, 2014 04:00 AM