Wilayats in the interiors of the sultanate are in the grip of an intense heatwave, with Saturday becoming the hottest day of the summer so far, as Adam and Qarn al Alam saw the mercury shoot over 50°C.
The weather chart of the Directorate General of Meteorology showed Adam recording a temperature of 51°C, while Qarn al Alam sizzled at 50.1°C. Many wilayats across governorates saw temperature almost touching 50°C, some of which included Mudhaibi (50°C), Sunaynah (49.8°C), Fahud (49.6°C) and Zamaim (49.4°C).
Others like Jaloni (49°C), Mahout (49°C), Ibri (48.9°C), Haima (48°C) and Nizwa (48°C) also experienced blistering temperatures.
The temperature in Muscat, however, still remained bearable with a high of 40°C witnessed on Saturday.
According to the Met department, northeasterly winds are blowing along coastal areas of Oman Sea while intense southwesterly winds are sweeping over the coastal areas of the Arabian Sea, causing a heatwave.
For Monday, the Met forecast mainly clear skies over most of the sultanate with chances of cloud development over Al Hajar Mountains and surroundings towards afternoon. ‘Chances of late night to early morning low level clouds along most of the coastal areas, with chances of isolated rain along Musandam and North Batinah coasts, is also expected,’ the forecast said.
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