A storm moving across the Arabian Peninsula will threaten to bring damaging thunderstorms across Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates from late on Tuesday into the middle of the week.
These storms will threaten to bring dangerous lightning, flash flooding and strong wind gusts as they track across the central and eastern Arabian Peninsula.
“An area of thunderstorms will develop across central and southern areas of Saudi Arabia late on Tuesday,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Edwards.
Edwards adds, “Storms will then push eastward into Bahrain and Qatar a bit later Tuesday night.” The threat of storms in these areas will last throughout the day on Wednesday.
Western portions of the UAE will also get locally heavy downpours as well, the majority of which will remain to the west of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. However, a brief shower or thunderstorm cannot be ruled out in these cities.
“These storms will be capable of producing some torrential downpours along with frequent lightning,” Edwards added.
Normally dry rivers and streams can quickly swell with water and can catch people off guard. Given that some of this heavy rain will fall at night makes the situation even more dangerous.
People are urged never to drive through flooded roadways. It can be difficult to tell how deep the water is and if the roadway is damaged or potentially washed-out entirely.
In addition to the threats caused by heavy rainfall, gusty winds caused by the storms may cause areas of blowing sand and dust, potentially quickly reducing visibility to dangerously low levels.
Some of the strongest storms can bring winds strong enough to cause damage to weaker structures as well as cause power outages due to downed trees and power lines.
Storms are expected to more out of Riyadh by Wednesday afternoon and eastern portions of the Arabian Peninsula later Wednesday night.