There’s something truly magical about cloudy days. Dubai and Abu Dhabi woke up on Sunday, May 19, to a cloudy day, bringing a chance of rainfall in Abu Dhabi. Places like Yas Island, Saadiyat Island, Khalifa City and Al Khaleej Al Arabi Road saw rain overnight, but it stopped before morning to make way for a pleasant sunny start to the Sunday and working week. After last weekend’s heavy bout of rain, the UAE’s eastern coast and part of Abu Dhabi is expected to see more thunder storms until Thursday.
While, the increasing cloud cover is expected to bring scatter showers, winds will remain moderate, picking up at a time, which will kick up dust and sand affecting the visibility.
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According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), between Monday and Wednesday the weather is supposed to get worse in the country, as the UAE will see scattered showers accompanied with thunder and lightning and moderate wind kicking dust and sand.
Jebel Jais, at 17.6 °C, was the coldest spot found in the country, recorded by NCM. Other coolest spots were, Mebreh Mountain at 21.6 °C, Qamen at 22.9 °C, Al Far Far at 23.4 °C and Jebel Hafeet at 23.6 °C.
On Tuesday, the temperate is expected is decrease and a storm is likely to affect internal and eastern parts of the UAE.
“Moderate southeasterly to northwesterly winds will blow on Wednesday and Thursday, becoming strong at times. The winds will cause dust and sand to blow over exposed areas, with poor horizontal visibility,” said the NCM.
The Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea will get rough at times.
The pleasant change in the weather encouraged residents to step out and visit some of the UAE’s wadis in the east coast, including Wadi Shawka and Wadi Shah in Ras Al Khaimah. As the families pulled out their phones to capture the nature, one video in particular took the internet by the storm.
On Saturday, a resident sitting in the passenger’s seat, enjoying the scenery, spotted a camel swimming in a Wadi. The video went viral as soon as it was uploaded on the UAE’s Storm Instagram account.
Here are the things you must absolutely do if you have to be outside during the rain and storm:
1. Whatever you do, protect your respiratory tract! Cover you nose and mouth with a mask or a respirator, you just tie a dampened kerchief or a bandanna around your nose and mouth to filter out dust and sand particles. This is also the time to dig up those old motorcycle goggles. Irrespective of how funny they look, they are super efficient in protecting your eyes during a dust storm.
2. Seek shelter at all costs if you are not inside a vehicle. Look for any sturdy object. If no shelter is available and you are faced with no other choice but to wait out the storm, then face your back against the direction of the storm and again protect your nose and eyes from the dust and other objects being hurled your way. Make sure you moisten your nostrils with petroleum jelly to prevent drying up.
3. Stack up on H2O! Water is the only elixir that will see you through this parching spell. When outdoors, do not forget to keep a moistened cloth to prevent your face and eyes from drying up, or in extreme circumstances, you could even spray water on the face and eyes. The point to remember here is that dust and sand particles can cause severe harm, causing skin to rip with abrasion and damaging eyes.
4. If you are driving in low visibility, then at the next safe opportunity get off the road and park on the side and turn off all the lights! This may sound crazy but it is simply the most logical things to do. Your headlights may attract other drivers towards you in low visibility, giving the impression that the road goes that way.
5. Finally, try and get to higher ground. The most concentration of the blowing sand is closest to the ground. Chances of surviving the brunt of the storm increases if you are above the storm.