UAE rainfall on April 16 highest recorded in 75 years

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The Business Bay area in Dubai was flooded on April 16, 2024. STORM.AE

The UAE received a record-breaking rainfall on April 16, which experts say is the highest rain level ever recorded in 75 years.

According to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM), Tuesday’s rain brought the highest rainfall level ever recorded in the country over a 24-hour period since climate data records began in 1949.

Quoting NCM, the UAE Media Office said the record-breaking rainfall happened in Al Ain’s Khatm Al Shakla area, which witnessed 254.8mm of rainfall in less than 24 hours. The country averages between 140mm to 200 mm of rainfall per year.

Al Ain’s Al Quaa area also recorded giant hailstones from hail that fell in parts of the emirate. The UAE Media Office described Tuesday’s weather as an “exceptional event” recorded in UAE history.

Heavy rain swept through the UAE on Monday evening as well as throughout Tuesday, causing widespread flooding. In Dubai, thousands of motorists were stranded as floods made roads impassable. Public transport services were also disrupted due to rising floodwaters.

Even major malls were not spared as rainwater flooded its retail areas and parking spaces. On Wednesday, some stores and establishments remained closed due to maintenance work following the floods.

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