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Weather office issues tropical situation warning


Muscat: Specialists at the National Center for Early Warning of Multiple Hazards at Civil Aviation Authority are following up on indicators that constitute a tropical situation that is currently over the Bay of Bengal Sea.

While there have been concerns about the cyclonic storm’s direction, the Met officials said there is a hint and suggestion by the Indian weather experts that the system could move towards the Arabian Sea towards the weekend.

When asked if there is any chance for the system to have an impact on the Sultanate, the weather forecaster at the Civil Aviation Authority said, “It is too early to predict whether it would reach here, but we are following up very closely. For right now the cyclonic storm is over the Bay of Bengal and the Indian meteorologists have been saying that it could move in their website. At this point, there is no effect over Oman’s coast or the Arabian Sea,” the weather forecaster said.

She added that maybe at the end of this weekend there might be an effect, but it is too early to talk about it.

As of now the Met Office is monitoring and investigating the tropical situation.

“Currently it is only a cyclonic storm and not even a depression. Right now it is in Bay of Bengal but it can cross over to the Arabian Sea,” she pointed out. ‘The cyclonic storm Gulab is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh -south Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur, as a cyclonic storm with maximum sustained wind speed of 75 - 85 kmph today at 2809 UTC, stated the Indian Meteorological Department, Ministry of Earth Sciences.

Meanwhile in the Sultanate is currently experiencing clear to partly cloudy skies along the coastal areas of Dhofar governorate and adjoining mountains with chance of intermittent drizzle over the mountains. Mainly clear skies are predicted over rest of the Sultanate with chance of medium and high cloud advection. Chance of convective clouds formation and isolated rain occasionally thundershowers over Al Hajar Mountains and adjoining areas are expected towards afternoon and evening. Chance of dust rising winds have been highlighted over governorates of al Buraimi, al Wusta and al Dahirah. Chance of late night to early morning low level clouds or fog patches along the coastal areas of Arabian Sea are also reported.

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