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January 23, 2018

Dubai, Abu Dhabi lashed by thunderstorm and rain

 Shaily Kalra

Thunderstorm lashes DubaiDUBAI: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and some other areas of United Arab Emirates experienced heavy rainfall, lightening and thunder on Wednesday.

Due to heavy rain and stormy weather schools were closed, the entire area lashed by the storm was put on red alert and emergency services were ready to tackle any situation.

There was chaos on roads as vehicular traffic had slowed down condiderably due to heavy rains. Many trees were uprooted and some electric poles were broken. The traffic on E11 highway connecting Dubai with Abu Dhabi was most affected.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) warned people not ti rake any risk on roads. They were also asked to stay safe as flooding was reported at a few places

This kind of weather is very unusual for the locals of UAE, as Dubai is situated in the tropical desert, the summer here is hot with temperature shooting upto 41 degree C (106F) furing the day and falling at night to as low as 30 degree C (86 F).

Winter here is usually short and warm. During the winter season,  the temperature goes upto 23 degree C (73 F) and at night falls to 14 degree (57 F) with very little rainfall.

In Dubai, the weather between December and March is the most favourable for the tourists. This time of the year, the climate is pleasant and with very little chance if rain the people are mostly free to step outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

The weather stations measured a record 46.4 mm rainfall rainfall yesterday.

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