Giant umbrella unfurled over Burj Khalifa

Social media in the United Arab Emirates is discussing an original weather video posted by Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.

In the animated video, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the world’s tallest building, unfurls a giant umbrella with the #DubaiDestination logo to protect itself from the rain. In this way, Dubai authorities have once again reminded the public that winter in the Emirates is the coolest time of year to explore the local attractions.

It should be noted that apart from the colourful video, numerous photos of the waterlogged streets also appeared on social media this week. The last week of 2022 was cloudy and overcast in many parts of the United Arab Emirates. According to forecasters, the country will continue to experience cool weather with a high probability of rainfall.

Rains of varying degrees of intensity will be observed in different areas, ranging from light to moderate to showers with thunder and lightning. Police are urging vehicle drivers to be extra vigilant and observe speed limits.

A 40-day astronomical winter began in the UAE on December 22 – this year’s winter promises to be cool and rainy. According to Ibrahim Al Jarwan, chairman of the Emirates Astronomical Society, the average rainfall will exceed 80mm.

In comparison, this is 75% more than the rest of the year. According to Al Jarwan, temperatures will average around 12°C at the start of the winter season and could rise to 25°C. In February, average temperatures will be 15 °C and will rise to 28 °C, and by the end of winter the thermometer will rise to 32 °C.

From the beginning of January to the end of February, northerly winds and Nashi winds will blow over the UAE. The average rainfall will exceed 80 mm. During this period, various grasses and truffles will grow on the mountain slopes. The astronomical winter period will last until 20 March 2023.

Source: Khaleej Times

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