UAE Weather Warning: Heavy rains with lightning, thunder expected

Following the recent storms that blasted through several regions of the country over the weekend, residents in the UAE are preparing for a continuance of wet weather.

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Continuation of Wet Weather Predicted

According to estimates from the National Center of Meteorology (NCM), thunderstorms and heavy rainfall are possible from Wednesday through Saturday.

This weather pattern is attributed to the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), a band encircling the Earth near the equator where trade winds from both hemispheres meet. As this zone shifts southward over the UAE, it triggers changes in air pressures, resulting in a flow of moist air from the Arabian Sea and Oman Sea towards the country.

Rising Temperatures and Visibility Challenges

Daytime highs are predicted to increase, with some regions seeing temperatures around 47°C. It is anticipated that temperatures would hit 43°C in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The country's most recent record high temperature underlines the severity of the heatwave.

Humidity Variations and Mist Formation

In some western coastal areas, humidity is anticipated to increase at night and during Thursday mornings, creating conditions conducive to mist formation. This factor adds to the dynamic nature of the weather changes currently affecting the region.

Wind and Sea Conditions

Moderate to fresh winds, occasionally becoming strong, are anticipated due to convective clouds that might cause blowing dust and sand, potentially impacting horizontal visibility. Concurrently, the wave heights across the Arabian Gulf and Oman Sea are forecasted to be light to moderate.

Role of the Intertropical Convergence Zone

The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is a pivotal atmospheric phenomenon near the equator. It's characterized by the convergence of trade winds from different hemispheres, leading to buoyant air that rises and releases moisture through thunderstorms. The ITCZ's shifts significantly influence equatorial weather patterns, leading to distinct wet and dry seasons. Its impact can range from seasonal weather variations to extreme events such as droughts and floods.

Residents are advised to stay informed about weather updates and take necessary precautions during these unsettled atmospheric conditions.

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