Muscat: Temperatures recorded in many governorates of the Sultanate of Oman this year so far was higher than the average for the month of February.
According to Oman Meteorology, the Buraimi station recorded an increase of 2.5°C in temperature while Khasab recorded a rise of 2.1°C compared to the average temperature for the month of February.
The Wilayat of Suhar recorded the highest daily rainfall of 50mm since February 21, 1998.
The lowest temperature in February 2023 was reported at Jabal Shams (2.1), Saiq (5.1), Buraimi (5.1), and Haima (9.3).
The highest temperatures were recorded in Marmul (37.9), Bidiya (37.2) and Samayil (37.1).
It may be noted that several weather monitoring stations recorded temperatures that were above the monthly average in January.
The Sultanate of Oman's National Strategy for Adaptation and Mitigation for Climate Change (2020-2040) focuses on the use of advanced tools to establish historical climate trends to better understand future climate change.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources and the Environment Authority (EA) have supported the measures needed to reduce the adverse impact of climate change, especially limiting the annual temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century from current predictions of over 2.5 degrees Celsius.
According to the UN report on environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), the Middle East is vulnerable to the effects of climate change because of its scarce water resources, high levels of aridity, and long coastlines threatened by rising sea levels.
With an average annual per capita water availability of 977 cubic metres, the Middle East is the most fresh-water-scarce region in the world, and the available resources are expected to decrease even further, to 460 cubic metres per capita, by 2030.