Meteor watch: Slight chances of cloud cover and rain

Nothing exceptional about the weather, said the weather forecaster at Oman Met Office amidst concern about rains this weekend over Al Hajar Mountains and its adjoining areas.
As astronomical observers plan their weekend to witness the Perseid meteor shower there could be a chance for cloud development over Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdhar.
According to experts the best chance to see the meteor shower is on August 12 at around 9 pm and early morning hours of 13th, and some of the favourite places are Jebel Shams, Jebel Akhdhar and other peaks that are light pollution free. On the other hand, typically in summer it rains during the afternoons over Al Hajar and the adjoining areas.
Ali Amur al Shaibani, an Omani Astronomer and member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, says that to spot the meteor showers, enthusiasts have to locate themselves at a spot with clear sky-view without any urban light pollution, and look towards the northeast.
Meanwhile, the met office said, the cloudy skies will prevail along the coastal areas of Dhofar Governorate and adjoining mountains with intermittent drizzle and isolated rain. Mainly clear skies over rest of the Sultanate with chances of early morning low level clouds or fog patches along parts of Arabian Sea and Oman Sea coast.
There is also a chance of blowing dust over desert area of Al Wusta and Dhofar governorates.
Along the coastal areas of Oman sea winds will be westerly light at night, becoming northeasterly light to moderate during the day, while along coastal areas of Arabian Sea it will be southwesterly moderate to fresh and over rest of the Sultanate it will be southeasterly to easterly light to moderate.
Sea state is expected to be rough along coastal areas of Arabian Sea with maximum wave heights of 4 metres and moderate along coasts of the Musandam Governorate with maximum wave heights of 2 metres while it will be slight along the rest of the coasts with maximum wave heights of 1.25 metres.
Met Office has also asked to pay extra attention while driving across the Dhofar mountain ranges as poor horizontal visibility during fog is expected. Mainly clear skies over rest of the Sultanate with chances of early morning low level clouds or fog patches along parts of Arabian Sea and Oman Sea coast.

Lakshmi Kothaneth

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