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Beware of the downward wind, Met Office alerts

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Muscat- As the month of August draws to a conclusion, the summer influences carry on.

The Oman Met Office has urged the public to pay attention and take caution as downward winds are expected to reach higher than 30 knots in some parts of Oman. This could also cause the rising of dust.

As per the Omani numerical model, the mountainous areas of the governorates of Al Dakhiliyah, Al Batinah South and Al Sharqiyah North are likely to be affected by downward winds.

Horizontal visibility might be reduced during thunder, rain, dust rising and fog formation, said the Oman Met Office in their weather forecast. The sea is expected to be rough along the coastal areas of the Arabian Sea.

Expansion of local formations on the Al Hajar Mountains continued with scattered thunderstorms accompanied by active winds on parts of the Al Hajar Mountains.

Speaking to Observer, the weather expert at Oman Met Office said the end of summer, astronomically, is on September 23. He said the summer temperatures waning begins with the Suhail star's appearance, which usually indicates cooler weather. The Suhail star is now visible.

According to the weather forecaster, Suhail coincides with the beginning of temperature moderation during the transition period. As of now, the weather is going through the transition phase.

Chances of local thunderstorms continue over the Al Hajar Mountains and the adjacent areas, according to the weather experts, and on Tuesday, fast downward winds and hailstones were expected.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies are expected along the coastal areas of Dhofar Governorate and adjoining mountains with intermittent drizzle and chances of isolated rain on Wednesday and mainly clear skies over the rest of the governorates with a chance of convective clouds development and isolated rain, occasionally thundershower associated with downdraft over mountains and adjoining areas towards the afternoon.

Chances of low clouds and fog formation late night to early morning along parts of coastal areas of the Arabian Sea and Oman Sea. There is also the chance of blowing dust over desert and open areas.

Along the Oman Sea coasts, winds are expected to be easterly to northeasterly light to moderate during the day time, becoming variable light at night and along the coastal areas of the Arabian Sea, it will be southerly to southwesterly moderate to fresh, while over the rest of the governorates, it will be southerly to southeasterly light to moderate occasionally fresh over desert areas.

The humidity in Muscat ranges between 40 per cent and 90 per cent, whereas in Salalah, it is ranging between 80 per cent and 99 per cent.

The temperature has slightly eased back to the mid-forties except for Marmul and Fahud, topping at 46 degrees Celsius.

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