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Snow covers UAE’s Jebel Jais as temperature drops below 0°C – News

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Residents urged to avoid valleys and slippery roads as unstable weather continues .

With the sharp drop of temperature to -0.1°C on Jebel Jais, the highest peak in the UAE, the Ras Al Khaimah mountain was almost covered with snow and hail.

“This is mainly due to an extension of a surface low pressure east and northwards with an extension of surface high pressure westwards accompanied with an extension of upper air ridge,” the National Centre for Meteorology (NCM), said.

The weather on Thursday is expected to be fair to partly cloudy in general, they added.

“You can expect moderate to fresh Southeasterly to Southwesterly winds, becoming Northwesterly, with a speed of 20 – 30, reaching 40kmhr.”

“The sea will be moderate in the Arabian Gulf and rough becoming moderate by evening in Oman Sea.”    

As heavy snow and hail lashed the emirate, many residents took to the open areas to  record the white blanket of snow.

Ahmed Al Shehi, an Emirati national, said it kept raining and snowing all night. “We have made many icemen here and dressed them in traditional clothes.”

However, RAK Police have also warned the public not to go to the valleys or mountains in the area due to the danger of falling rocks as well as slippery and flooded roads.

“Big rocks have reportedly fallen on the Jebel Jais road which is already blocked for public safety.”

“The public is urged to call (999) in case of emergency and (901) in regular cases.”




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