Heavy rain lashes several areas of the UAE on Wednesday. WAM
The UAE Cabinet has directed all federal departments working in areas affected by strong and torrential rain, especially in the Emirates of Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, that their non-essential employees work remotely on Thursday and Friday.
The decision excluded all federal departments concerned with civil defence, police and security entities addressing disasters, crises and emergencies, in addition to those concerned with community support dealing with reports related to damage of farms and UAE citizens properties.
Earlier, heavy rain lashed several areas of the UAE, brining the temperature down by a few notches. Light to heavy rain started after cumulus clouds continued to gather over cities and regions from the day before yesterday throughout Wednesday as a result of the country being affected by a superficial air depression in the upper atmosphere.
The UAE Ministry of Interior called on motorists to be cautious while driving due to the unstable weather conditions. The Abu Dhabi Police also called on drivers to adhere to safe driving on internal and external roads during rain and expected weather fluctuations during the coming days.
The NCM also indicated that the lowest temperature recorded in UAE was 25.8°C in Muzaira’a area in Al Dhafra region at 5:45 am, while the highest temperature recorded in the country was 49.7°C in Sweihan in Al Ain at 2:30 pm on the same day.
In cooperation with local departments, Sheikh Mohammed directed that arrangement be made in hotels near flood-hit areas to accommodate all affected families, as well as those living in areas that may pose a danger to their residents during heavy rain.
The NCM also stressed that it is following the situation around the clock and will provide the public with the latest developments, appealing to everyone to follow up on the bulletins and reports issued by the NCM and not to circulate rumours.
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