Cooler weather this week­end brings respite for res­i­dents

The National - News - - NEWS - GIL­LIAN DUN­CAN

Good news for those fast­ing and feel­ing the sum­mer heat – there will be a small respite this week­end as tem­per­a­tures drop as much as 4°C be­low av­er­age and cloudy skies of­fer shade from the sun.

Rain in­ter­mit­tently lashed parts of the coun­try on Thurs­day, with 4.6 mil­lime­tres fall­ing in some ar­eas. The Na­tional Cen­tre for Me­te­o­rol­ogy shared videos of driv­ers ne­go­ti­at­ing pud­dles in ar­eas such as Mus­saf­fah, Abu Dhabi, and con­firmed that rain had also fallen on Yas Is­land, Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Al Falah, Mo­hammed bin Zayed City and Al Shamkha.

Many res­i­dents also shared pictures and videos on so­cial me­dia. The rain clouds, which orig­i­nated over the west coast, were not a re­sult of cloud seed­ing, fore­cast­ers said.

But will it be a wet week­end? Doubt­ful, the NCM said.

“There will be fair weather in gen­eral, with some cloud. There won’t be any rain,” was the prediction. In­stead it will be partly cloudy and there­fore cooler, which may come as wel­come news to those head­ing into the first week­end of Ra­madan fast­ing.

Tem­per­a­tures will hover be­tween 32°C and 37°C, 3°C to 4°C be­low nor­mal.

But they will rise again next week, reach­ing 43°C, fore­cast­ers said, with high hu­mid­ity in some ar­eas.

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