UAE weather: Snow, freezing rain in UAE expected

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The current raining spell and cool weather will continue in the UAE with snow in some parts of the country, according to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM). The NCM also forecast a significant drop in temperatures.

It is expected that the UAE may receive “freezing rain or snow” over some of its mountain peaks tomorrow (Sunday, January 12). According to the five-day forecast issued by the National Centre of Meterology (NCM), the weather intensity will weaken by tomorrow, but there is a chance of rainfall over northern and eastern areas.

The NCM forecast a significant drop in temperatures “and a probability of some freezing rain or snow over the mountain peaks”.

Rainfall is expected till Wednesday, with the relative humidity set to increase by Monday morning over internal areas.

Snow has previously been reported in the country. In February 2017, the temperature had dipped to a freezing -2.2°C on the UAE’s highest peak, Jebel Jais, and videos of snow on the mountain had gone viral.

Last year in March, residents in Umm Al Quwain woke up to hail-covered streets with some early risers capturing ice pellets falling and pummelling their cars and roofs.

Images of snowmen made of hail – adorned with a red-chequered shemagh – flooded news feeds as the Umm Al Quwain hashtag in Arabic became a trending topic on social media.

Due to the heavy raining on Saturday, Dubai Airports called on travellers to contact airliners for information of developments

Dubai Airports announced on Saturday it had to delay or cancel some flights due to heavy rains and waterlogging .

Emirates Airline
@emirates
Heavy rainfall has caused disruptions to several flights departing from or arriving at @DXB today. Customers are requested to check their flight status on http://emirates.com/flightstatus for the latest information regarding their flights. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Emirates says check the status of an Emirates flight by entering the flight number or the flight details.

On a statement issued today, Dubai Airport affirmed it is doing its best to restore its full operational capacity with some flights being delayed, cancelled or diverted to DWC. It called on travellers to directly contact airliners to keep themselves informed of any development with regard to their flights.

Dubai Airports
@DubaiAirports
Update: Operations at DXB are still affected due to heavy rain and flooding this morning. Flight delays are likely to continue throughout the day. Some flights have been cancelled or diverted to DWC. Check your flight status on http://dubaiairports.ae or your airline’s website.