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Muscat: Since morning, there have been clouds over most of the Sultanate of Oman’s governorates, and the Oman Met Office said there could be chances of rain of varying intensity, sometimes with thunder, especially in the governorates of Al Wusta, Dhofar and South Al Sharqiyah.


The Meteorology department said heavy thunderstorms that are likely to fall from tomorrow, Monday, to Tuesday morning, March 21, in the governorates of Dhofar, Al Wusta, and South Al Sharqiyah, which may range from 20 to 100 millimeters (within 24 hours), with chances of sporadic rainfall in the rest of the Sultanate’s governorates.


The effect of low-pressure trough which is expected to continue until Thursday as per the weather summary published by the Civil Aviation Authority, will bring in rain showers and thunderstorms associated by downdraft winds and hail with chances for flowing of wadis and flash floods over most of the Sultanate of Oman particularly over South al Sharqiya, North al Sharqiya, Al Wusta and Dhofar Governorates. The sea waves are expected to rise to two to three m on most of the coast of the Sultanate of Oman.


They also said there could be a chance of rising of dust and dirt in the desert and open areas.


Clouds of different heights were prevalent over most of the governorates of the Sultanate of Oman, and had brought in sporadic rain said the weather forecaster at Oman Met Office, adding, “ On Sunday the rains are expected in parts of Al Wusta, Dhofar and Al Dhahira.”


Low clouds and fog had earlier spread over parts of Al Wusta and Dhofar.


The aerial picture showed the formation of cumulus clouds and sporadic thunderstorms, accompanied by active downward winds, in parts of the Eastern Hajar Mountains and the Governorate of South Al Sharqiyah. “The rains may intensify and be accompanied by hail, and the flow of valleys and reefs during the coming hours’” stated the weather report.


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