UAE weather alert: Schools closed as rains, hail hit parts of the country

Strong winds are also expected to cause reduced visibility



Schools across the UAE have been shut on Wednesday even as heavy rainfall and thunderstorms have been forecast across the country.

“The Ministry of Education is keen on the safety of students and due to the fluctuations in weather and prevailing weather conditions, it was decided to disable all schools in Dubai and the Northern Emirates on Wednesday,” the ministry said on Twitter.

Schools in Abu Dhabi have also been closed for the day.

The UAE is expected to witness rainfall and strong winds this week, the National Centre for Meteorology (NCM) has warned.

Adverse weather conditions are expected, with rainfall of different intensities, with thunder and lightening at times.

Hail was also seen in parts of the country on Wednesday morning.

Strong winds – reaching speeds of up to 70km/hr – will cause blowing dust and sand, with poor horizontal visibility, NCM said.

Taking to Twitter, NCM issued an alert about reduced visibility on the roads on Wednesday.

Temperatures are expected to drop on Wednesday, and will vary between 16 degrees celsius to 28 degrees in the coastal areas, between 14 degrees to 29 degrees in the internal areas and 10 degrees to 20 degrees in the mountains.

The cloudy weather will persist on Thursday and during the weekend with the possibility of rainfall.

Seas will also remain rough during the week ahead, the NCM warned.