Tropical low pressure in Arabian Sea leads to rain in Oman

Muscat - 

A tropical low pressure developing in Arabian Sea near Socotra Island will not directly affect Oman but will result in rainfall mainly over Dhofar governorate and other areas till Thursday.

On Wednesday, several parts of the country including Muscat city, Amerat, Quriyat, Al Hamra, Rakhyout and Rustaq saw light to heavy rainfall.

The National Multi Hazard Early Warning Centre at the Directorate General of Meteorology in Public Authority for Civil Aviation issued an advisory on Wednesday cautioning people to follow weather bulletins before venturing into the sea and wadis.

“Latest observations and satellite images show the presence of tropical low pressure area located southwest of Arabian Sea near Socotra Island, at latitude 11.5° N and longitude 53.5°E, with surface wind speeds of 17 knots,” the centre stated.

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“It will move west to northwest towards the Gulf of Aden in the coming 24 hours without any direct effect on the sultanate.”

It further stated that the tropical low pressure will be associated with convective clouds with chance of cloud advection and isolated rain and thundershowers over Dhofar governorate on Thursday.

The Met office also issued an advisory regarding thunderstorm in areas like Ibra, Bahla, Bidiyah, Mudhaibi, Rustaq, Ibri, Saiq, Samail, Nizwa, Amerat, Quriyat, Al Hamra, Izki, Bidbid, Jebel Shams and Yanqul.

The sea state will be moderate to rough along the coastal areas of Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates with maximum wave height of 3m, the Met office added.

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