More rain is expected in the UAE this weekend. Light rain was reported in Al Ain in the morning. It is partly cloudy in the other emirates, particularly in the northern, eastern and coastal areas, according to the National Center of Meteorology (NCM). Residents of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah can expect an increase in humidity levels and light showers this evening, with similar weather on Saturdy morning. Mist and fog formation may result in low visibility on the roads. The temperature in Dubai is currently around 20°C and 21°C in Abu Dhabi. It will remain in the low to mid 20s during the day.
Winds are expected to blow continuously during the day, at a speed of 20-30 km/h, reaching around 45 km/h occasionally. Conditions in the Arabian Gulf and the Sea of Oman are expected to be rough.
According to a recent report in Gulf News, more cloud seeding is expected, leading to heavy rainfall in the eastern and northern parts of UAE. An NCM official was quoted as saying the rainfall is expected to continue till Monday, 27th January. The authority said cloud seeding flights are on standby and will be dispatched based on the presence of clouds with rain droplets.
The UAE has been conducting cloud seeding for the past decade to enhance the amount of rainfall received. The country is currently conducting more experiments under UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science. One of the projects is being led by Professor Maarten Ambaum from the University of Reading in the UK. In a recent interview with The National, he elaborated on new cloud seeding methods, saying, “Our project focuses on atmospheric electricity and the use of charging techniques to merge small [cloud] droplets to form larger ones. We have even looked at the possibilities of putting up big masts with ion emitters. By putting an electric charge on drops, there should be a higher chance of small drops sticking together. And bigger rain drops have less chance of evaporating before reaching the ground.”