Muscat: Oman reeled under a heat wave as highest temperature for the day touched 49 degree Celsius in the capital.
"Today saw the highest temperature so far in the year and it is likely to remain so for probably another two days then it may cool off," a spokesperson for the Meteorological Department told Gulf News yesterday.
"It is so hot that the window air conditioners in our house trip now and then," said Wahid S., a long-time Indian expatriate.
A woman called in local FM radio station saying that temperature inside her car was showing 53 degrees Celsius.
"I have been living here for 32 years but this in my opinion the worst (heat) start to the summer," Dilip Ashar, chess coach in Oman, told Gulf News. He added that dry hot wind was making it even worse.
However, the Meteorological Department spokesman, who wish not to be identified, said that there was noting abnormal about this heat wave. "It happens almost every year but this time humidity is also very low so hot winds make it feel hotter," he said.
He said north-westerly winds will bring relief as humidity is also expected to rise in the next couple of days.
Not complaining are air condition repairers. "The business is brisk with a common complaint of 'units not cooling'", said Vinod Mutthuswamy, owner of air condition repair and service shop in Muscat.