It surpasses any rainfall recorded since the data began in 1949…

The dramatic UAE weather has resulted in the UAE’s heaviest rainfall in 75 years, the National Centre of Meteorology has announced.

Surpassing anything documented since the start of data collection in 1949, it’s the most rainfall ever recorded in 24 hours, as per NCM. The record rainfall was accounted for between 9pm on Monday April 15 and 9pm on Tuesday April 16. Further rainfall was recorded after 9pm on Tuesday night.

As per NCM, the highest rainfall was recorded in Al Ain’s Khatm Al Sahkla area, where 254mm fell in less than a 24 hour period.

The extensive rainfall has resulted in a number of business closures, with remote working and learning regulations issued for both Tuesday April 16 and Wednesday April 17, as the country looks to recover from the impact. The large amounts of rainfall have seen heavy flooding across the country, closing roads and even halting operations at airports.