GCC countries on alert for further torrential rains in coming days

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The authorities of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have issued weather warnings due to heavy rains that have been falling for several days in this hot and dry climate.

The Gulf countries generally experience mild winters, except for rare and brief periods of heavy rains between November and January.

Here are the warnings issued by the Gulf Cooperation Council countries:

United Arab Emirates

In the United Arab Emirates, heavy rains fell across the country, especially in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The UAE News Agency (WAM) said the bad weather is expected to continue until Thursday, January 6.

The rain was increased by cloud seeding, a technique used by authorities to increase the amount of rain which is generally scarce and scarce.

In Sharjah, pedestrians and cars were stuck in water and mud, and authorities reported no casualties

“The weather will be partly cloudy to cloudy, sometimes accompanied by convective clouds associated with precipitation of different intensities over scattered areas. Motorists are advised to drive carefully as the roads will be slippery due to the rain, ”the National Meteorological Center (NCM) said on Monday.

The maximum temperature in the country is expected to be between 26 and 29 ° C. And, the lowest will be between 14 and 18 ° C. The highest temperature recorded in the country on Sunday was 29.7 ° C in Al Ruwais (Al Dhafra) at 2:45 p.m. local time in the United Arab Emirates.

Be careful if you are sailing as the seas will be rough in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia also experiences heavy rains, especially in the city of Mecca.

The Tabuk region in Saudi Arabia experienced heavy rains and snowfall on Saturday morning.

People have taken to social media to share photos and videos of snowfall on social media. Visuals posted on social media sites show Jabal al-Lawz, completely covered in snow.

The Kingdom’s civil defense urged the public to be vigilant Monday after the meteorological center forecast heavy rains and thunderstorms in several parts of the Kingdom, from Tuesday until Thursday.

Kuwait

Kuwaiti authorities said on Sunday that the flooding was caused by heavy rains, which resulted in the displacement of cars and the flooding of a number of houses, as part of security and civilian alerts, reported the Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA).

The Kuwaiti Ministry of Education announced the suspension of classes and exams in all public and private schools “due to the weather and weather conditions the country is going through”.

The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry has announced the temporary closure of some main and secondary roads due to the rains in the country and the resulting accumulation of water in some areas.

Kuwait received 34mm of rain at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kuwaiti firefighters said their teams responded to 103 calls for help and rescued 106 people stranded on flooded roads and in homes following the overnight downpour.

Kuwaiti citizens and residents were urged to stay indoors on a stormy day on Sunday as army firefighters helped clear flooded roads and other areas.

Qatar

Qatari authorities called on residents to exercise caution and said they expected thunderstorms and strong winds in several areas, starting Sunday.

A video circulating on social media showing heavy rains on the outskirts of Al Khor town has gone viral.

Qatar’s meteorological department said on Saturday that this month will bring frequent rain and fog, especially in the first half of January 2022.

Oman

Flooding in Oman, caused by torrential rains that started on New Year’s Eve, left six people dead and left several towns completely isolated.

Captain Munir bin Mohammad Al Sinan of the Public Relations Department of the Royal Oman Police said in an interview with Oman TV that at least six people have died due to heavy rains caused by the depression in the Gulf of Oman.

Oman TV showed cars floating through the streets amid the raging torrents of the flooded valleys, as their owners desperately tried to tow them away.

The meteorological office said on Saturday that moderate to heavy rains would continue until January 5 and warned the public to avoid wadis and low areas.

Bahrain

Bahrain woke up on Sunday to many residential areas inaccessible after heavy nightly rains for several hours on Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.

Employees of Bahrain’s Ministry of Public Works, Municipal Affairs and Planning pumped water from flooded areas, while some residents withdrew water from their own homes and premises.

The unstable weather regime is expected to remain in place for the next few days, there is a greater risk of severe weather, strong surface winds and high winds, according to the Bahrain Meteorological Directorate.

Motorists were urged to remain cautious, as well as fishermen against rough sea conditions.

Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa called on the Royal Humanitarian Foundation (RFH) to help families affected by heavy rains in the country.



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