Cooler weather this weekend brings respite for residents
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.