Low pressure likely in Sultanate today

MUSCAT: A low-pressure trough is to have its impact on all the governorates of Oman with varying intensity.

The Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) has urged the public to take precautions during rain and not to cross wadis. It also requested the public to adhere to the Supreme Committee for dealing with COVID-19 by staying at home and never leave unless it is necessary.

The weather analysis in the National Multi-Hazard Early Warning Centre indicates that the trough of low pressure, Al Rahma Trough, will affect the Sultanate from March 20 to 23.

According to the weather forecaster at Oman Met Office of PACA, there are chances of rain starting from Friday, which is expected to peak on Saturday and Sunday and moving on with scattered rains thereafter.

“The trough of low pressure is centred over Iran. The trough is expected to have an impact almost the whole of the Sultanate as the conditions are ideal. The trough will be associated with strong rain and thundershowers along with fresh wind,” said the weather forecaster.
From Musandam to Al Wusta as well as parts of Dhofar are expected to experience the impact of the trough but with different intensity. The trough effect is to be experienced over governorates of Musandam, Al Buraimi, North al Batinah, South Al Batinah, Al Dakhiliyah, Muscat, North Al Sharqiyah, South Al Sharqiyah and parts of Al Wusta and Dhofar.
Associated with the trough is also the fresh south-easterly wind which could cause dust rising from the desert areas before the rain.
“After the rain, dust rising will settle down. The areas that are expected to experience this phenomenon are Al Wusta, Dhofar and Al Dhahirah,” he pointed out. The fresh easterly wind is expected on Friday and Saturday (March 20 and 21). This would be followed by northwesterly wind over the northern governorates of the Sultanate.
During the trough the sea is expected to be moderate to rough with wave heights ranging between two to three metres over most of the coastal areas of the Sultanate.
According to the general weather forecast, mainly clear skies with high and medium clouds advection may give isolated light rain over most of the Sultanate with a chance of the late night to early morning low-level clouds or fog patches along with the coastal areas of Oman Sea and over South Al Sharqiyah, Al Wusta, and Dhofar governorates.
Clear to a partly cloudy day with the chance of isolated rain over Musandam Governorate is expected on Friday.
The highest temperature has been recorded in Thamrait with 33 degrees Celsius and a low of 18 degrees Celsius while the lowest temperature was recorded in Jabal Shams with a high of 18 degrees Celsius and a low of 11 degrees Celsius.