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Oman weather: Depression in Arabian Sea intensifies, heads northwest


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Muscat: The low-pressure area in the Arabian Sea has already intensified into a depression. The depression was situated 1,090km away from Masirah Island.

However, it is not sure which path it would take as it depends on the direction it will be heading from its point of origin in the sea.

"If the direction of the depression is northwesterly, the system would go towards the Oman coast but if the direction of the depression is south westerly, then it would head towards India," a senior official of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.

But one thing is sure: an acute depression has formed in the Arabian Sea and the United States Navy has given the Arabian Sea system a cyclone tag of '02A.'

"The cyclone has been tracked moving northwestwards at eight knots over the past six hours," the US Navy said in its update.  The IMD in its yesterday evening's bulletin said that a depression has formed over east central Arabian Sea and lay centred around latitude 15.50 N and longitude 68.50 E, about 610km southwest of Mumbai and 1,090km southeast of Masirah Island in Oman.

'Sea will be rough'

"It would move northwestwards and intensify further into a deep depression during the next 24 hours. Subsequently, it is expected to move northwestwards towards Oman coast around June 15," said Y. K. Reddy, Director in-charge of the Indian Meteorological Centre, Hyderabad. Under the influence of this system, rainfall would occur at most places with isolated heavy falls over coastal areas of India and Oman in the next few days, depending on the route it takes. "Strong winds with speed reaching 35-45kmph, gusting to 55kmph would prevail along and off India and Oman coasts. Sea condition would be rough during the same period," he added. Both the IMD and the US Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, however, agreed that the system will weaken down before reaching Oman. "In the next 36 hours, it will intensify but then gradually start weakening. It will grow stronger again but start dissipating by the time it touches the Oman coast," the IMD said.

Meanwhile the Directorate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation (DGMAN) in Muscat said that they are monitoring the situation. "It is still 1,000km away from Oman," the official told the Times of Oman. The official also said that latest predictions indicated that there would not by any direct impact on the weather of Oman in the next four days.

To get in touch with the reporter: rahuldas@timesofoman.com

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