A regular summer’s day in the UAE turned to heavy rain and strong winds as an unexpected storm swept over Dubai on Friday.
Gusts of wind picked up just before 4 pm under an overcast sky with swirling sands reducing visibility to a few meters. Heavy rain and a downpour of pebble-sized hailstones followed soon after in the Silicon Oasis area of emirate.
“We request motorists to drive carefully and safely due to unstable weather conditions on SMBZR [Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road], Emirates Road, Al Warqa’a and Nad Al Sheba,” read a tweet from Dubai Police in the afternoon. “Blowing dust and dirt may cause poor visibility, drive carefully and have a safe journey,” the tweet added.
The weather bureau had warned of afternoon showers in its morning bulletin as a result of the weak trough at upper air levels in the east of the UAE.
Moderate to heavy rain was also reported in Al Madam in Sharjah, Falaj Al Mualla in Umm Al Quwain, and Al Shuwaib in Al Ain.
Khor Fakkan, Raknah in Al Ain, Al Dhaid in Sharjah, and Dubai-Al Ain Road also received moderate showers.