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Thursday 6th October 2022 / 10 Rabiulawal 1444

UAE receives highest amount of rainfall in 27 years

A SUV wades through flooded Fujairah city road after heavy rain hit parts of Northern Emirates. Antonie Robertson / The National

With extreme weathers, climate change effects have been becoming more and more obvious across the world. The recent example is of UAE, the UAE has recorded its highest amount of rainfall in 27 years, according to the UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology.

Fujairah’s port station, after two days of incessant rains, recorded 255.2mm of water, which is the highest in the UAE during the month of July. The second highest was recorded in Masafi which was 209.7mm and the third highest was noted in Fujairah Airport with 187.9mm of rain.

Meanwhile the Met office has predicted more rains throughout the week.

“We have low pressure coming from India with upper and surface air depression also extending from parts of Pakistan and Iran,” Dr Ahmed Habib from the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) on Thursday said “The UAE experienced the low-pressure effect on July 25 and 26 especially in the Eastern part of the country.”

“Low pressure was again experienced in the UAE on July 27 and the air was filled with heavy moisture that was coming from the sea of Oman. In the mountains, in the Eastern part of the UAE, the sky has been interspersed with convective rainy clouds. These clouds are hovering especially in the Eastern part of the UAE in Fujairah and Ras-al-Khaimah. Therefore, areas in the east as well as in the north are experiencing the presence of these clouds.”

Earlier, waterfalls gushed down mountain slopes and vehicles waded through water-clogged streets.

 

Lightning flashed through dark clouds as heavy rains lashed six emirates on Wednesday with temperatures dipping to lows of 17°C amid peak summer.

Khor Fakkan’s Al Suhub Rest Area, known as Cloud Lounge, was closed temporarily due to unstable weather conditions.

The Sharjah Police closed Al Haray-Khor Fakkan road after stones rolled down as heavy rains fell.

The Fujairah Police also had to close down a drive-through Covid-19 testing center.

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