Were You Caught in the Rain in Dubai?
If you slept late, you might have missed it completely, but early morning commuters definitely did not. Heavy rains swept through Dubai and most of the UAE late Sunday (22 December) night and continued through early Monday (23 December) morning.
Even now as the clouds are beginning to clear up and the sun's out, the aftermath of the brief rainstorm can be seen in the streets. Flooding, waterlogging and thick fog have slowed many commutes this morning, and even caused minor accidents in the area.
“When I woke up this morning and couldn’t see the Burj Khalifa through the rain and mist, I knew that there would be bad traffic,” says Zain Khan, a Dubai resident. “It was pouring when I fell asleep, and I was so close to deciding there and then not to go into work in the morning.”
Anna Roberts, who commutes from Barsha to Dubai Media City, was worried that she'd be caught in the drizzle minus her umbrella. "It was raining steadily when I left home at 8.30am but by the time I got to work, it had stopped. But it was a lot chillier than usual."
Dubai Police and National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) have requested drivers to be extra cautious in their commutes today, but it looks as if the worst is behind us. The cold front that has hit the area over the past few days, causing temperatures to dip as low as 15 degrees Celsius at night in coastal areas, is on its way out.
The NCMS is predicting only partly cloudy weather throughout the next several days, with a very low chance of sporadic rainfall. The sun and enjoyably cool temperatures will return just in time for Christmas day.