Muscat: Several meteorological stations in the Sultanate reported high temperatures on Friday, according to Oman Meteorology.
These places are Bowsher (45°C), Muqshin (Dhofar): (45°C), Suhar (44°C), Rustaq (44°C), Ibri (44°C), Sumail (44°C), Hima (43°C) and
Muscat International Airport (41°C) among others.
Ibri reported 47.5ºC Maximum temperatures recorded during the past 24 hours.
Oman Meteorology has predicted a gradual rise in the maximum temperatures these days, which may reach mid-forties (in degrees Celsius) and above in the desert areas.
The warning was seen as little surprise as temperatures were expected to subside in the coming days, with some people hoping that it will be the beginning of the end of the peak summer in the country.
In the coastal areas of the Sea of Oman and the Hajar Mountains, it will be above 40 degrees Celsius to mid-forties.
According to a report by the Nature Sustainability Journal, countries across the Gulf region and the Middle East are highly vulnerable to extreme heat borne out of climate change. The report looks at how countries are exposed to “unprecedented heat” that it describes as mean annual temperatures of 29 degrees Celsius or higher. Authorities have urged people to take necessary measures to avoid sunstroke and heat exhaustion, especially workers who are exposed to sunlight and high temperatures.
“Companies should take proper care and tell workers to avoid exposure to the sun, and ensure that they get enough rest periods and drink water,” they said. Oman is well-known for its sweltering summers and low annual rainfall, and it has become even hotter over the past five years.