posted on 16/09/2012: 676 views
The eastern regions of the country, mainly some areas in Fujairah, parts of Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, experienced medium to heavy rain on Friday afternoon. Weather forecasters have predicted similar conditions on Sunday and Tuesday.
"These rains are special as they move from one place to another, but they are locally developed,” a weather forecaster at the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology told Gulf News on Saturday.
"Humid, moist, and warm air coming from the Oman Sea was objected by the mountains and pushed up into the aloft, allowing condensation. It mixed with the moderately cold air mass at the medium layer of air, thereby forming convective clouds which brought the rain, associated with thunder and lightning activities in some areas,” he added.
Very heavy rains poured near the Shawka area where hail was seen as well, he said. Rains also ran deep in valleys such as Asfini, Sheikh Khalifa Street, Al Hilo Valley, Al Ojaili Valley and internal mountains.
The skies are still overcast with clouds which promise more rain in the eastern region on Sunday and Tuesday. Chances of rain are lower on Monday.
The forecaster warned the public to avoid areas near water reservoirs such as the Shawka dam as excess water would be released to areas nearby.
The forecaster said such rain in the eastern region is usual during summer months. But, he said, the country would experience a drop in temperature by the end of September as summer draws to a close to welcome autumn. The average temperature could reach 32 degree Celsius, he said.
On Sunday, weather will be hot in general during the daytime, ranging between 36C to 44C, and hazy at times. Clouds will appear over the eastern region.
Winds will be light to moderate, blowing dust over some western areas.
Relative humidity is expected to increase over some coastal and internal areas at night and early morning, with a chance of mist or fog patches. - Gulf News— with additional reports from WAM
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