Weather watch­ers share videos of rain­storms over Dubai and Shar­jah

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Stormy weather took hold of the UAE again yes­ter­day, de­lay­ing flights from Dubai.

Rain was re­ported across Dubai and Shar­jah with res­i­dents tak­ing to so­cial me­dia to share pic­tures and videos of rare show­ers.

There was light rain­fall in ar­eas in­clud­ing Busi­ness Bay, Dubai Ma­rina, Ara­bian Ranches, The Springs, Jebel Ali and Al Khawa­neej dis­tricts in western Dubai.

Pas­sen­gers wait­ing at Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port took to so­cial me­dia to com­plain that the rain had de­layed their flights.

“We have had some de­lays due to weather con­di­tions this morn­ing but no can­cel­la­tions or di­ver­sions,” a spokesman for the air­port said.

Heavy rain with hail was also re­ported in Al Bataeh, Shar­jah.

In Abu Dhabi, res­i­dents re­ported a brief sand­storm in the Reem Is­land area at mid­day as winds picked up. Much of the city was cov­ered by a dust cloud soon af­ter.

The Na­tional Cen­tre of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­cast mostly cloudy weather but by mid­day the UAE’s radar net­work showed heavy rain in Al Dhaid in Shar­jah as well as be­tween Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah.

The bureau also warned of waves as high as two me­tres in the Ara­bian Gulf by the evening.

Winds of up to 40kph were also ex­pected in the North­ern Emi­rates but it was likely to be the last of the stormy weather blow­ing east­ward.

Light rain is ex­pected to­mor­row but the bureau fore­casts mostly dry, over­cast skies to­day. Ear­lier this week, flash floods were re­ported in the coun­try’s north-east.

Les­lie Pableo for The Na­tional

Stormy skies above Dubai de­layed flights from the city’s in­ter­na­tional air­port

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