Muscat: Weather remained gloomy and cloudy in many parts of Oman since morning following the weather alert issued by Oman’s Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) about a tropical low-pressure development over the north-eastern Arabia Sea resulting in rainfall ranging from 40 to 100 ml per 24 hours, reaching the peak on Saturday.
While some parts of Oman witnessed moderate rainfalls and moderate to heavy winds, the expected heavy rains across the country didn’t quiet materialise. Friday night saw more than moderate winds sweeping across many parts of Oman and Saturday started off on a cloudy note.
Mohammed Al Harthy, staying in Azaiba overlooking the beach which is known for its fishing activities and fresh fish sale during weekends, said that the sea has been choppy and it has been cloudy since morning. “It is almost dusk now, and thankfully it hasn’t rained. However, we are bracing for rains, should it happen later as well,” Al Harthy said.
The latest alert from Oman Meteorology had informed that the worst of the weather will not now impact Oman. However, isolated rains and high winds and waves in several parts of Oman will persist.
“The sea was choppy and looked pretty dense, and the sea appeared certainly closer to land than normal. This kind of cloudiness is very rare that too during these months. As we all have a busy week, since offices are also resuming tomorrow after a week’s break, we decided to take a drive along the beach road,” said a group of youth, all in masks, who were enjoying a windy evening by the beach road in Shati Al Qurum.
Rains and winds lashed Fahud yesterday evening, and Nizwa and Sur experienced winds and high waves.
Razaq of Sur Beach hotel, a key hotel in the Sur region, said that the sea looked swelled and the waves rose up high in Sur area, while the winds were stronger than normal in Nizwa, as informed by Prasad of Golden Tulip Nizwa, who added that the weather has been fine and breezy throughout the day. It has been raining and foggy since morning in Salalah as well with slightly stronger winds last night, said Ghanim Mahad Ali, a certified tour guide in Salalah. There is also an ongoing monsoon (Khareef) season in Salalah that lasts till end August.