Kids and hubby were playing inside our room when we noticed that the bulbs were blinking and after few more minutes, there was a total power outage. For more than five years of living in our rented house here in Al Ain, I have never experienced a total blackout (except for those planned power outage for line repairs) not until yesterday afternoon at around 02:45 PM. It lasted for about 10 minutes.
Harsh and strong wind with almost 20-minute heavy downpour dropped the mercury down and made the temperature a bit cooler. We all looked at our wall clock with accumeter. Usually, the temperature inside the house is about 26 degree Celsius even with the air conditioner on a medium cool and 7 to 8 at the thermostat. Yesterday's temperature dropped to 20 degree Celsius.
It was really difficult for me to take some photos because of the harsh wind which almost kicked up the sand but I did try my best to capture few scenes. Here are some of the photos.
at Abu Dhabi Road
at Al Mutaredh District
This is Ghet, she's relatively new to UAE's weather and exclaimed " This is amazing!!"
Immediately after the rain has gone, I asked hubby if he wanted to stroll around the city. So unlucky that he wanted to sleep because he's too tired playing with the kids. I asked Ghet and she gladly said yes.
The sun played hide and seek after 3:30 PM as the wind continued to kick up sand and reduced visibility significantly. Photos turned gloomy as the sky was significantly cloudy. Here are some of the photos taken at the Central District.
at Al Ain Palace Museum
at Al Ain Clock Tower
Though the sudden dropped of temperature was a welcome relief from the summer heat for me, for my family and perhaps for all the residents, I am a bit worried because I know that it's a sign of a hotter weather in the next few weeks.
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Word of the day: matar is the Arabic word for the rain. Salaam!