If it were a dark and wet Thursday, waterlogged streets after overnight showers greeted residents in many parts of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and other emirates on Friday morning, with the sun playing hide and seek and intermittent rain flooding some roads and threatening to submerge vehicles parked in sandy areas. Traffic slowed down in many areas as wet and flooded roads caused vehicles to break down.

The National Centre for Seismology and Meteorology expected the inclement weather to last today also.

It said the showers and accompanying winds in some cases were caused by a low pressure area over the Gulf. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Northern Emirates are likely to receive more showers for a couple of days.

Thunderstorms and lightning are also expected and the temperature could drop to the mid-20s. The rain could be intermittent and could range from moderate to heavy across the Emirates, according to the NCSM forecast.

Flooding also forced the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai to divert traffic from near the First Interchange on Shaikh Zayed Road in the direction of Jebel Ali-Abu Dhabi to Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Al Khail Road before noon.

The accumulated water was pumped out fast and the issue resolved towards noon, said Dr Aisha Al Busmeit, the RTA’s Media Adviser and Crisis Management Department spokeswoman. The sun came out at 7am in Dubai and Sharjah, but clouds gathered around noon. There was more sunshine later in the afternoon and Global Village said it was reopening after a day of being shut.

“Global Village announces the opening of the park to visitors today 22nd November, 2013 with its regular weekend opening hours of 4pm to 1am. Global Village welcomes all its visitors back to celebrate the weekend and join the fun,” a  statement said. see more

source: khaleejtimes