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Transition period brings rainfall, local cloud formations

Met office issues alert of heavy rains and flash floods

MUSCAT: Oman experienced a transition period characterised by changing weather patterns, as several wilayats received rainfall on Sunday afternoon. The Oman Met Office issued an alert, cautioning heavy rains ranging between 15 to 25 mm and the possibility of flash floods.

Clouds continued to form over parts of the Dhofar Governorate, with chances of rain later in the day.

Local clouds also appeared over the Al Hajar Mountains and adjacent areas, including parts of Al Sharqiyah, Al Dakhiliyah, Al Batinah, and Al Dhahirah, with opportunities for expansion and potential rainfall.

Additionally, clouds were observed over Musandam, Al Batinah North, Al Dhahirah, and Al Buraimi.

The weather forecaster at the Oman Met Office predicted that the desert region of the Dhofar Governorate, especially Al Mazyouna and Thamrait, would likely receive rain in the afternoon. In Muscat Governorate, the south of Al Amerat and Qurayat were identified as potential areas for rainfall.

The unique weather conditions during this period were attributed to the combination of a trough passing from west to east and the local cloud formations over the Al Hajar Mountains, which are typical during the summer. These rains were expected to be accompanied by downdraft winds, with wind speeds ranging between 30 to 50 knots, leading to reduced horizontal visibility and raising dust in the Al Hajar Mountains area.

Pictures from Suhar showcased the joy of children during the descent of the valley in Falaj Al Qabayil amidst the rainy weather. Several wadis, including Wadi Imti in the Wilayat of Izki , Al Dakhiliyah Governorate, and Wadi Al Qabil, were already flowing on Saturday.

The temperature remained high over the weekend, attributed to the ongoing transition from spring to summer. The weather expert explained that May marks this transition period, which brings about changes in weather conditions.

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