Times of Oman
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Oman weather: Sandstorm reduces visibility in Al Wusta, Al Dahirah regions
June 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Muscat: People in the Al Wusta and Al Dahirah governorates woke up to hazy conditions on Monday morning.

As the sandstorm has considerably reduced visibility in the Al Wusta and Al Dahirah regions, the Director-General of Civil Aviation has asked motorists to take extra precautions while driving.

"Active north westerly winds ranging from 20km to 30km per hour are carrying away dust in several areas of these two regions," an official of the Directorate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation (DGMAN), which monitors the weather conditions in the Sultanate of Oman, said in an update on Monday.

The official also warned the seafarers to be cautious and exercise extra care as rough seas may cause waves reaching up to 3.5 metres in height.

Cloud formation
In its forecast valid for 48 hours, the official said that there are chances of cloud formation over the Al Hajar Mountains.

"Mainly clear skies over the rest of the Sultanate with existence of high level clouds along the coastal areas of Governorate of Dhofar and adjoining mountains are expected," the official added.

After Tropical Storm Nanauk weakened to a tropical depression in the Arabian Sea over the weekend, since then the sea has still remained rough. "There are strong winds out there, causing very high waves," the official said.

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