Residents reported hailstones with moderate to heavy rain in Deira, Bur Dubai, Al Garhoud, Al Khawaneej, Al Warqa’a, Mirdif, and Al Rashidiya areas in Dubai. Jebel Ali received heavy showers from 4pm onwards.
For a desert country that rarely sees rain in a year, let alone hail, the phenomenon is a natural wonder, especially for those seeing it for the first time.
“The hailstones were quite large. I’ve never seen anything like it. The road is completely white,” S.P., who works in Deira, told Gulf News. “But within five minutes, they weren’t there any more as if nothing had happened.”
British expatriate Faisal Mughal, a resident of Ghuroob in Mirdif, was glad to have witnessed the rain and hail and shot a short video clip of the strange weather as other parts of Dubai did not get to see any.
In Hatta, images of roads covered in white or hailstones circulated on the web. Over in Maliha, a strong hailstorm was noted at around 1pm.
Motorists in Deira said the hailstones were “huge” and “cars are unable to move.”
A forecaster at the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology said it is normal for one area to receive showers or hail while another area doesn’t during unstable weather conditions.
“There is instability in the UAE’s weather right now so some parts may receive rain and hail or just rain while other parts don’t get it. It’s all based on the cloud development and movement. So where the clouds are, that’s where the showers or hail will be,” a forecaster told Gulf News.
The instability is caused by a low pressure affecting the eastern part of the country.
The maximum recorded rainfall on Wednesday could not be reported at the time of going to press, according to the forecaster, but Al Qur received 18.6mm of rain as of 4pm. Heavy rain and thunderstorm were reported in Sharjah and the northern emirates. Parts of Fujairah were reported to be waterlogged.
Chances of scattered rain will persist in parts of the UAE, particularly in the northern and eastern part, extending to parts of Dubai and Sharjah, on Thursday due to the low pressure that is expected to move towards the east and weaken gradually.
Moderate to fresh winds are expected and the sea will be moderate to rough especially with cloud activity over the Arabian Gulf and Oman sea.
It will also be a foggy morning on Thursday over some internal and coastal areas, especially over some western areas. Motorists are urged to exercise caution on the roads.