As the city battles terrible heat, officials in Dubai are utilising drones to artificially produce rainfall.
As summer temperatures in the United Arab Emirates city soared over 49°C, rainmaking equipment known as “cloud seeding” was put to work.
According to experts, the technology tries to make rain develop more efficiently inside clouds, allowing more water to fall.
What is cloud seeding, and how does it work?
Drones are employed in the cloud seeding procedure to discharge electrical charges into clouds, forcing them to clump together and cause greater rainfall.
The UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology uploaded video on Sunday showing heavy rains, bursts of lightning, and flooded roads.
Rainmaking has grown prevalent in arid areas like the United Arab Emirates, where the average annual rainfall is only 10cm, according to the Independent.
According to Linda Zou, a professor at the UAE’s Khalifa University of Science and Technology, “the worldwide water deficit is deteriorating in many regions of the world, thus the need for fresh water is increasing.”
“Cloud seeding may be one of the strategies that can help alleviate the water shortage.”