Rain, thun­der­show­ers lash Oman

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MUS­CAT:

Rain and thun­der­show­ers hit parts of Oman, in­clud­ing Sa­mail, Al Rus­taq, and Mus­cat, over the past 24 hours, ac­cord­ing to the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Civil Avi­a­tion (PACA).

While the south­ern part of the Sul­tanate wit­nessed rain­fall and a hail­storm on Tues­day, Oman’s cap­i­tal, as well as parts of Dho­far and the Mu­san­dam Penin­sula were hit by light to strong iso­lated rains.

Tem­per­a­tures dropped in parts of Mu­san­dam be­cause of cloud for­ma­tion and rain. Tem­per­a­tures on Tues­day were 28 de­grees Cel­sius in Saiq and 33 de­grees Cel­sius in Salalah.

The sea was mod­er­ate to rough along the coasts of Dho­far and Al Wusta, with waves reach­ing a max­i­mum of three me­tres.

PACA ad­vised ev­ery­one to fol­low weather bul­letins, watch for flash floods in the wadis and make sure they check the con­di­tion of the sea be­fore head­ing out. PACA also warned the pub­lic about poor vis­i­bil­ity be­cause of the ris­ing dust.

A grow­ing storm in the Ara­bian Sea was also ex­pected to by­pass Oman, weather ex­perts re­ported. The National Cen­tre for Early Warn­ing is­sued a state­ment on­line, say­ing, “The lat­est satel­lite im­ages show trop­i­cal low-pres­sure ar­eas with sur­face speeds of 17 knots lo­cated in the south­west of the Ara­bian Sea near So­co­tra Is­land.”

How­ever, au­thor­i­ties said the storm would not have any di­rect ef­fect on Oman. PACA said, “The storm will move westerly to north­west­erly towards the Gulf of Aden in the next 24 hours with­out any di­rect ef­fect on Oman.”

Other parts of Oman are ex­pected to have clear skies. “Mainly clear skies over most of the Sul­tanate [are pre­dicted] with chances of dust blow­ing over the desert and in Al Bu­raimi and Al Wusta,” PACA added.

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