Winter weather arrives in the UAE

The winter season has finally arrived in the UAE, as thunderstorms and heavy rain hit parts of the country, daily newspaper Gulf News reported on Tuesday.

Forecasters are predicting a minimum temperature of 14 degrees Celsius at night, as the northern areas experienced wet weather since Monday.

Residents of Dibba, Fujairah and the surrounding areas reported moderate to heavy rain-showers on both Monday and Tuesday.

Elsewhere across the emirates, the weather seems to be getting cooler.

“We were expecting colder conditions this month but it was still hot in the daytime until recently,” Nerash Kumar, a resident of Al Ain, told Gulf News.

A warning has been issued by the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) about the weather over the next coming days.

“The weather has become unstable due to a surface low pressure, accompanied by a relatively cold upper air mass, extending from over the Red Sea,” a NCMS spokesman was reported as saying.

“It will result in a gradual increase in clouds over the western islands and the north and eastern regions of the country. Winds can also kick up dust and sand in the open areas,” the spokesman added.

As thunderstorms and high winds continued, fishermen are being warned about going out to sea as the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman’s conditions could steadily worsen over the coming days.