While temperatures in several wilayats of the Sultanate of Oman are rising, there are places, which are still cool and ideal for outdoor camping and picnic during the upcoming holidays.
Several places in the Sultanate of Oman registered temperatures near 40°C over the weekend, while Jabal Shams stayed cool at 8°C and Al Jabal al Akhdhar at 20°C or a little higher.
The hottest places in the country during the weekend were Suhar and Liwa (39.9°C), Saham (39.6°C), Suwaiq (39.5°C), Fahud (39.4°C), and Al Rustaq (39.3°C).
According to Oman Meteorology, clouds flowing over most of the northern governorates may result in scattered rain in the Hajar Mountains and the adjacent areas.
While Jabal Shams is a popular destination, motorists have to a stretch of unpaved roads.
It may be noted that, unlike trips to Jabel Akhdar, visit to Jabel Shams do not require four-wheel vehicles at all times though it is advisable.
Jabal Shams road is part of road improvement projects the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MoTCIT) is working on along with Dhofar and South Al Batinah.
With 3,004 metres above sea level with several summits, Jabal Shams is the highest peak in the Sultanate of Oman.
It is said to be the first place where the sun sets in Oman and is popular with tourists for camping, low temperatures, stargazing, and hiking.
Jabal Shams attracted a number of foreign and domestic visitors who flocked to the area to experience the sub-zero temperatures that lasted for days.
Travellers had to negotiate a stretch of unpaved roads, which got muddier due to melting snow and Royal Oman Police (ROP) was forced to issue words of caution.