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Low pressure advances to tropical depression: Met

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Muscat: The low-pressure area over the Arabian Sea has currently developed into a tropical depression with estimated surface windspeed around the center 17-27 knots (31-50 km/hour, said the weather office on Tursday.

According to the Oman Met office, the tropical depression is moving towards the west-northwest along the coastal areas of India and Pakistan. The clouds have already formed over northern parts of the Sultanate already but these clouds will not result in rain.

“The medium and high clouds are due to advection will not bring in rain due to the tropical depression and this is an indirect impact. The only rain we have now is from Al Hajar local cloud development at midday,” said the Met Office weather forecaster.

In the next 48 hours the weather experts at the Directorate General of Meteorology, Civil Aviation Authority do not expect any direct impact over the Sultanate of Oman.

After 48 hours the weather expert said the analysis fluctuates with varying possibilities.

“The main possibility is that it will cross the coastal areas of India and Pakistan and diminish while over Oman Sea. There is a possibility for it to reach the northern governorates of Oman that could bring in some rain, but we can only confirm that after 48 hours,” said the weather forecaster.

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