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UAE: Top 3 areas that received the heaviest rain last week – News

Rainfall in the UAE on May 2 was not as intense as that on April 16, with significant weather events unlikely in the near future

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Published: Sun May 5, 2024, 3:52 PM

According to the National Center of Meteorology (NCM), Abu Dhabi’s Al Dhafrah region received the maximum rainfall on May 2 during the recent UAE rain event.

Last Thursday, the UAE was hit by heavy rain and thunderstorms, prompting the NCM to issue an orange alert. Some residents had stayed home while students switched to distance learning. Those who got out early in the morning encountered rain showers and strong winds.

To the north, waterfalls poured out as dark rain clouds hovered over the mountains.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Dr Habib, a weather expert at NCM, said Al Dhafra in Abu Dhabi recorded the highest rainfall.

He said: “Recorded rainfall was significant in Al Dhafrah area. It reached 72.3 mm. This is a significant amount of precipitation. This was followed by Majil Bada Thalab and Abu Al-Abyad areas, which received 67.9mm and 58.5mm of rain respectively.

How do the two rain events compare?

However, it is worth noting that the rainfall that fell in the UAE on May 2 was not as intense as that on April 16, with significant weather events unlikely in the near future.

On Friday, May 3, weather conditions generally improved with skies clearing in most parts of the country.

Following the end of the impact of the Ghadir Depression on the UAE last weekend, the NCM shared data on rainfall in various regions of the country during the rainy period from May 1 to May 2, 2024.

In particular, the rainfall recorded during the Ghadir depression in May is considered markedly higher and unusual for the Al Dhafrah area.

Dubai received 38.1mm of rain during last week’s rainfall during Expo 2020.

Dr. Habib explained that the influence of Siberian high pressure will diminish this month as depressions hit the region from both the east and west. When these depressions are accompanied by the expansion of the western upper atmosphere, cloud cover tends to increase, “increasing the likelihood of light to medium rain, which may be heavy only in the southern and eastern regions,” he added to it.

The country’s preparedness after record-breaking rainfall

Meanwhile, record rainfall hit the Arabian Peninsula on April 16, resulting in flooding in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and other coastal cities in the region.

This event was the most severe event of its kind in the UAE since records began in 1949, with a total of 6.04 billion cubic meters of rain. Normally, the country receives about 6.7 billion cubic meters of rainfall annually.

As more than 100mm of rain fell in numerous locations in 24 hours, the country suffered unprecedented flooding, affecting highways, homes and vital infrastructure. More than four stations recorded more than 200.0 mm of rain that day. This was the largest rainfall in the past 75 years.

Relevant authorities in various emirates are deploying tankers, mobile pumps and a range of machinery to tackle potential challenges.