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Heavy Rain Causes Historic Floods in Dubai

On Tuesday, Dubai International Airport had to close briefly, and many flights were canceled. The airport looked like it had small planes floating on water due to the heavy rainfall.

Flood on Dubai Airport: On Tuesday, Dubai International Airport had to close briefly, and many flights were canceled. The airport looked like it had small planes floating on water due to the heavy rainfall.

The UAE’s National Center of Meteorology reported that this was the most rain the area has seen in at least 75 years. Some parts of Al Ain, south of Dubai, got more than 25 cm (10 inches) of rain in less than a day. This amount is more than double what they usually get in an entire year. It’s hard to say when was the last time they had this much rain because they only started recording data in 1949.

This unusual event fits two trends. The UAE has been getting less rain each year since 2003, which is a long-term trend. However, extreme weather events like this week’s floods are becoming more common. Similar heavy rains were seen in the UAE in 2016 and 2022.

There’s a growing field called “attribution” science that studies these extreme weather events to see if they’re caused by climate change. It will take time to determine the role of climate change in these heavy rains.

The term “global weirding” has been used to describe these unusual weather patterns. It highlights that climate change isn’t just about warming; it’s also about unusual weather events. One year it might be hurricanes in Houston, and another year it might be record heat and fires in British Columbia.

Getting a year’s worth of rain in one day in such a dry area shows that our planet’s climate continues to change dramatically.

The rain is expected to continue but will lessen in the coming hours and days.

Dubai – like the rest of the United Arab Emirates – has a hot and dry climate. As such, rainfall is infrequent and the infrastructure is not in place to handle extreme events.

When it rained Tuesday, it absolutely poured | Historic Flood on Dubai Airport

The rain that plunged Dubai underwater is associated with a larger storm system traversing the Arabian Peninsula and moving across the Gulf of Oman. This same system is also bringing unusually wet weather to nearby Oman and southeastern Iran.

Rain will taper off in the region Tuesday night but a few showers may linger Wednesday before dry weather returns.

Both Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates experienced flooding, with water reaching ankle-deep in some areas of Dubai Metro stations, as shown in social media images.

The heavy rainfall caused roads to collapse, flooded residential areas, and led to leaks in homes through roofs, doors, and windows.

Due to the bad weather, schools across the UAE were closed on Wednesday, with more storms expected. The Dubai government also allowed its employees to continue working from home on Wednesday.

Some parts of the UAE received over 80 millimeters (3.2 inches) of rain within 24 hours, close to the yearly average of about 100mm.

The National Center for Meteorology advised residents to be cautious and avoid flooded areas in a post on social media.

The Asian Champions League football semi-final between Al Ain from the UAE and Al Hilal from Saudi Arabia was postponed by 24 hours due to the weather conditions.

Bahrain, located to the northwest of the UAE, also experienced heavy rain and flooding after severe thunderstorms and lightning overnight.

The storms descended on the UAE, Bahrain and parts of Qatar after hitting Oman, where they caused deadly floods and left dozens stranded.

A child’s body was recovered on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 18 with two people missing. Historic Flood on Dubai Airport.

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