Muscat: Rains in January due to troughs from low pressure is an annual feature, but this is the first time the duration of the trough is prolonged for so many days.
“We can say that we have been affected like this because we have had this trough for a very long period. So this year, this is the difference,” The weather forecaster at National Early Warning Centre, Jaifer Hamed al Busaidy, explained.
The reason is this, “Because this trough has been for three different short waves and they came one after the other.”
"We had a cloudy day with isolated rain first. Then we had this trough four days ago, and we will have the final effect of the same trough in the middle of this week. As this trough is strong, we are expecting some fresh wind in the desert and the open area of Dhofar, Al Wusta, Al Dhahira and Buraimi making it dusty and impacting horizontal visibility.”
Thundershowers took place over the Arabian Gulf, and the eastern coast of Musandam. The weather experts said some rain could be experienced by night in Musandam and North Al Batinah.
The weather forecaster at Oman Met Office, Aisha al Qasmi, said, “On Sunday night there could be a possibility for isolated rain and thundershower over Musandam and North Al Batinah. But chances are higher on Monday and Tuesday.”
Generally, the weather forecast predicts a cloudy to partly cloudy sky on Monday with chances of thundershowers and downdraft.
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“There are chances of isolated rain for the rest of the governorates. The wind direction is generally southeasterly to easterly, and for most of the northern part of the Sultanate of Oman it could be occasionally fresh,” added Aisha.
Along the Musandam coast, the sea state will be rough to moderate as well as at the coastal areas of the country.
There is a chance of horizontal visibility reduction in the desert and open areas due to dust rising.
There are also chances of late night to early morning low-level clouds off fog patches over parts of Oman Sea coasts and South Al Sharqiyah, Al Wusta and Al Buraimi governorates.