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Heavy rains to hit Oman starting today: CAA

28 Dec 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Heavy rains will hit the sultanate starting Wednesday, according to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Muscat experienced a cloudy day with light rains in some areas, including Al Khuwayr and Seeb, on Tuesday.

The National Multi Hazard Early Warning Centre of the Directorate General of Meteorology observed that the sultanate will be affected by a low pressure trough starting Wednesday and last for several days. The low pressure has been named Al Azm.

A statement issued by CAA said, ‘The weather will be cloudy in the governorates of Musandam and North Batinah with chances of rain (50-100 mm), occasional thundershowers, fresh winds, and flash floods in wadis. There is possibility of cloud advection over the governorates of South Batinah, Muscat, Buraimi, Dhahirah, Dakhliyah, South Sharqiyah and North Sharqiyah (10-25 mm).’

CAA advised all to be cautious during rains and in flowing wadis, and to check the state of the sea before sailing. The condition of the sea will be moderate along most of the sultanate’s coasts with maximum wave height of 2m and become rough during thundershowers along the coastal areas of Musandam. Oman Sea coasts will witness waves of a maximum height of 3m.

The highest temperature in the sultanate on Tuesday – 31.6°C – was recorded in Mahout, Al Wusta governorate, and the lowest of 8.9°C in Saiq, Dakhliyah.

With many parts of Oman likely to receive rain in the coming days, Royal Oman Police (ROP) warned motorists against crossing overflowing wadis. ‘Crossing an overflowing wadi can attract an imprisonment of up to three months and/or a fine of RO500, according to Article 49 of the Traffic Law. Moreover, the act puts others’ lives at risk,’ ROP said.

‘Motorists should be careful when driving on wet roads to avoid losing control and skidding.’

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