Yellow Bus on Road Near City Buildings. Representational Image.
Yellow Bus on Road Near City Buildings. Representational Image. Max Avans/

Following heavy rainfall earlier this week that led to widespread flooding across the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the country's National Center of Meteorology (NCM) has released a weather forecast for the upcoming week, hinting at the possibility of more rain showers in the region.

The official handle of the weather department took to X (formerly Twitter) on Friday morning to share the weather forecast, from Friday (April 19) until Tuesday (April 23).

According to the forecast, the UAE can expect light to moderate rainfall, and the department also warned that this rainfall can intensify in some areas. Coastal areas might witness a temperature drop.

The five-day forecast includes possible gentle to moderate winds blowing from the northeast to the southeast coming Tuesday. These winds might then switch direction to northwest and could pick up speed, ranging between 15 and 25 kilometers per hour, with gusts reaching up to 40 kilometers per hour.

The government office located in Abu Dhabi further said that humidity levels are expected to remain high Friday (April 19), especially in coastal and inland regions, and there is a chance of fog or mist formation.

However, as the day goes on, the skies are expected to clear up and become fair to partly cloudy, especially in the eastern areas.

As far as winds are concerned, it will be between light to moderate, coming from northeasterly to southeasterly direction, with speeds ranging between 10 and 20 kilometers per hour. The winds might also reach up to 30 kilometers per hour occasionally.

The Dubai government had extended remote work for all government employees until Friday, April 19, in response to the heavy rainfall causing flooding. This decision excluded employees who are required to be on-site at the workplace.

Aside from offices, private schools in Dubai were also asked to focus on distance learning until Friday.

All concerned authorities in Dubai are working toward fixing the situation after torrential downpours, which impacted businesses, clogged highways, flooded the major airport, left some residential villas thigh-deep in water, and halted air travel.