Nigeria: “Heavy Rain Returns to UAE Desert, Prompting School and Office Closures”

Nigeria: “Heavy Rain Returns to UAE Desert, Prompting School and Office Closures”

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

Heavy rain returned to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) desert, prompting the closure of schools and offices across the country. The National Center of Meteorology reported more than 50 millimeters of rain in some areas, accompanied by lightning storms and strong winds overnight.

In Dubai, a major financial hub, flooding was observed, leading to the cancellation and diversion of flights at the city’s airport, one of the busiest in the world. State-owned airlines like Emirates and flydubai issued warnings of delays to passengers. As a precautionary measure, schools switched to remote learning, and public-sector offices ceased operations.

While the rainfall was significant, it did not reach the extreme levels experienced on April 16, when record-breaking rainfall caused widespread disruption, claiming four lives and forcing the cancellation of thousands of flights. Despite the lesser intensity, flooded roads and reduced traffic were evident in Dubai, with drainage systems struggling to cope with the influx of water.

The recent heavy rainfall in the UAE is part of a broader pattern of extreme weather events linked to climate change. Scientists from the World Weather Attribution network have noted that global warming, exacerbated by the burning of fossil fuels, likely contributed to the severity of the recent deluge.

This latest episode underscores the vulnerability of desert regions to sudden and intense weather phenomena and highlights the urgent need for adaptation and mitigation measures to address the impacts of climate change.

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