No respite from heat until Thursday

While the temperature soared across the country on Monday, the weather department warned the worst is not over yet. There is no respite from heat until Thursday, when the temperature is expected to gradually dip due to the southeastern winds. Oman Meteorology said the temperature will be around 50 degrees Celsius in the open and desert areas and 45-49 degrees in most governorates. In Muscat, the temperature is likely to be around 45 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, and much higher in Nizwa, Sur, Rustaq, Ibri and Buraimi. The forecast for Tuesday is clearly to partly cloudy skies along the coastal areas of Dhofar Governorate and adjoining mountains. Mainly clear skies over rest of the Sultanate with chances of late night to early morning low level clouds or fog patches along parts of the coastal areas. Meanwhile, voluntary groups have been distributing free bottled water to the construction workers. Heat wave has been predicted in all the GCC countries as well as neighbouring Pakistan.