Muscat – Average rainfall in the sultanate increased by 9.2 per cent in 2020, recording precipitation of 103mm compared to 94.3mm in 2019, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
The centre’s statistics indicate that January recorded the highest average rainfall in the sultanate in 2020 at 33.6mm, while December recorded the lowest – 0.5mm. In a single month, Dhofar governorate recorded the highest amount of rainfall – 197.4mm in May 2020.
‘The average maximum temperature in the sultanate in 2020 was 28.70°C, while the average minimum temperature was 27.50°C. North Batinah governorate recorded the highest average monthly temperature in the sultanate at 37.10°C in June 2020,’ NCSI said.
The maximum average humidity in the sultanate in 2020 was 71.3 per cent compared to 87 per cent in the previous year.
Dhofar governorate recorded the highest average humidity in the sultanate with 78.8 per cent in July 2020.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources established 14 rainwater harvesting stations to enhance precipitation and increase the level of underground water.
The ministry said it is working to enhance the underground water table and preserve water resources from waste and depletion.
It is also continuing water exploration and working on finding new water resources to meet the increasing needs of drinking water and other uses.
The ministry added that it continues to improve evaluation mechanisms for water resources, monitoring the water situation and water use data, and strengthening hydrometric monitoring systems.
Meanwhile, 169 dams have been registered in Oman till 2020, according to NCSI. These include 115 surface storage dams, 51 underground recharge dams, and three protection dams.