Oman


Winter showers likely to continue


Cold weather and early morning fog with little drizzle is common during this part of the year, say experts. Photo – Times File

Muscat: Residents of Oman woke up to wet weather on 20 January morning. According to the Directorate- General of Meteorology and Air Navigation (DGMAN), light rains were experienced yesterday in a number of wilayats and villages in the Governorate of Muscat.

"There was rainfall reported from places like Ruwi, Wattayah, Qurum and Muttrah. Light rains also fell in Al Khoud, Al Hail, Al Mawelah, Al Mabelah and Al Sharadi in the Wilayat of Al Seeb. In the Wilayat of Bausher, light rains fell in Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos, Al Khuwair, Al Ghubra, Al Sarooj and Al Ansab," a senior official of the DGMAN said.

However, Dr Ajaya Ravindran, senior scientist at the Centre for Prototype Climate Modelling at New York University, Abu Dhabi, said there is nothing extreme or unusual about this weather. "Cold weather and early morning fog with little drizzle during this part of the year is common," he said. DGMAN has been continuously warning about unstable weather which may cause heavy to moderate rainfall in some areas till today.

Warning issued
"Winds will be moderate to strong, causing rising dust and dirt in some areas and may lead to low visibility with high waves in the sea. People going out to the sea have been warned to remain cautious," a senior official said.

The DGMAN also called upon the motorists to use extreme caution on slippery roads and in areas where there is low-visibility and refrain from venturing into wadis which are prone to flash floods.

"The rains will also bring down the temperature significantly in some areas of Oman," the official added.

The centre said that there would be rain clouds and fresh to strong winds causing dust and sand to rise, thus reducing visibility to less than 1,000 metres. It also forecast moderate to strong north westerly winds, rain, thundery clouds and waves rising to a height of three to four feet.

Meanwhile, the law enforcement agencies have advised campers to follow a number of safety measures during their trips. "The measures include avoiding camping near wadis and keeping children away from water valleys," one of them said. "Light rains fell in a number of wilayats and villages in the Governorate of Muscat."

Meanwhile, the readings of the monitoring devices of the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources inform that the Wilayat of Khasab in the Governorate of Musandam received the highest rain (66mm) during the last two days because of the effect of air depression.

It was followed by the Wilayat of Al Seeb in the Governorate of Muscat (47mm), Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi in the North Al Sharqiyah (17mm), Wilayat of Bahla in the Al Dakhiliyah Governorate (8mm) and the Wilayat of Al Duqm in the Governorate of Al Wusta (1mm).

Light rains also fell in the Governorate of North Al Batinah, resulting in overflow of wadis.

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