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Tauktae: Fishermen asked to be cautious
Fishermen are seen next to boats being moored at a fishing village off the city coast in the wake of the impending cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai on May 16, 2021. / AFP / Indranil MUKHERJEE
Fishermen are seen next to boats being moored at a fishing village off the city coast in the wake of the impending cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai on May 16, 2021. / AFP / Indranil MUKHERJEE

From May 17 night to May 19, the sea condition is expected to be rough. Fishermen and sea enthusiasts have been asked to stay away from the sea, as there are chances of an increase in wave height.

“The impact of the tropical storm Tauktae, which is likely to become category–2 cyclone in the next 24 hours, can only be seen in the sea conditions,” said the weather forecaster at the National Multi-Hazard Early Warning Centre of Civil Aviation Authority.

“The impact on Oman will only be on the wave height on May 17 night, 18 and 19 affecting coasts of Oman Sea and South Al Sharqiyah and maybe Musandam coast,” explained the weather expert. According to the Met Office, the sea will be moderate to rough, and the expected wave height is to range between 2 – 4 meters.

The impact on the wave height is due to swelling waves originating from the cyclone area up to the Oman Sea. “This will cause an increase in the wave height of the Oman Sea,” pointed out the weather expert at Oman Met Office. The inundation of seawater is expected over low lying coastal areas during high tides.

He pointed out that Oman is far away from the cyclone, “We are about 1,500 km away from the centre of the cyclone. The nearest cloud patches are around 1,200 km away from the Sultanate. It will affect India and maybe the border area with Pakistan.” According to the weather report on the tropical system over the Arabian Sea, the tropical cyclone Tauktae, which has been moving east of the Arabian Sea on Sunday, is expected to make landfall on the Indian/Pakistan coasts on May 18 without any impact on the Sultanate.

A swell is a series of mechanical or surface gravity waves generated by distant weather systems that propagate thousands of kilometres across oceans and seas, according to SurferToday.com.

Meanwhile, there are clouds around the mountains. However, this is due to the local cloud development around Al Hajar Mountains. There are chances of isolated rains.

Mainly clear skies are expected over most of the Sultanate with a chance of cloud formation over Al Hajar Mountains resulting in isolated rain towards the afternoon. There are also chances for dust rising winds over deserts and open areas of Al Buraimi and Al Dhahirah governorates. Chances of late night to early morning low-level clouds are also expected along parts of the coastal areas of Arabian Sea and Oman Sea.

Along the coastal areas of Oman Sea, winds will be northeasterly light to moderate during day, becoming variable light at night, and along the coastal areas of Arabian Sea, while it will be southwesterly moderate to fresh over the rest of the Sultanate; winds will be westerly to northwesterly light to moderate occasionally fresh over Al Buraimi and Al Dhahirah governorates.

Fahud and Haima recorded the highest temperature in Oman with 45 degrees Celsius and a low of 29 and 23 degrees Celsius. Jabal Shams recorded 24 degrees Celsius high and 16 degree Celsius low.

The Civil Aviation Authority has advised the public to follow the latest weather bulletins and reports.

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