Two days ago, the weathermen predicted strong south-easterly winds to bring thunderstorms and lightning along with scattered rain to the UAE.
Yesterday, Gulf News reported about the ’50km/hr thrashing winds that battered Al Ain (2 hours of drive from Dubai) and its surrounding areas, uprooting plants damaging signboards, and throwing satellite dishes and antennas from the rooftops of the buildings’.
Weathermen cautioned residents to prepare for thunderstorms, heavy rain and dust storms to hit Dubai on Wednesday morning.
I got my camera ready last night, making sure the battery is fully recharged to capture the thunderstorms. However, when I woke up this morning, eagerly jumping out of my bed and looking out of my bedroom window, I found the sun shining brightly with all its glory, and the birds hopping and chirping around joyously.
And it was pretty hot during the day too – 37 C.
By 4 pm, clouds started to gather. Masood and I went out for a walk.
Hail stones started falling at 8:45 pm, which lasted for around 30 minutes. This picture was taken by my sister.
By the time we were heading for home, at 9 pm, it was drizzling.
UPDATE: Rain and thunderstorms are expected to hit across the Emirates for the next four days. That means we’ll be having dark, gray skies until Monday or Tuesday. Wonder how the skies look like today in other parts of the world? Click on the image below to find out.