Muscat: After the first winter weekend that saw balmy temperatures across the Sultanate, rain and cooler air blew across the country yesterday.
Residents of Muttrah, Darsait, Bausher, Al Khuwair, Al Rustaq, Sohar and Shinas witnessed light rains with a few wadis in the North Al Batinah overflowing.
"The rain started at around 1am in Ruwi and its neighbouring areas. Even though the skies were cloudy since morning, the rains brought down the temperatures again," residents in Ruwi said.
Meanwhile, according to sources in Suwaiq, people witnessed a waterspout in the sea.
A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex (usually appearing as a funnel-shaped cloud) that occurs over a body of water, connected to a cumuliform cloud. In the common form, it is a non-supercell tornado over water.
While it is often weaker than most of its land counterparts, stronger versions spawned by mesocyclones do occur.
"We witnessed a waterspout in the sea for a few minutes. It was for the first time that we are witnessing this phenomenon," sources said.
An official from the MeT department tweeted that the phenomenon witnessed in the Suwaiq sea was not a hurricane as reported by many on the social networking sites.
"It is a waterspout, not a hurricane," the official tweeted.
Meanwhile, the meteorology department predicted chances of isolated rain over the governorates of Musandam, Al Buraimi, south and north Al Batinah, Al Dhahirah, Muscat, Al Dakhiliyah, south and north Al Sharqiyah in the next 48 hours.
"Moderate to fresh northeasterly winds will be blowing over the Musandam governorate and the coastal area of Oman Sea and Arabian Sea.
"The rest of the Sultanate will experience light to moderate northerly to northwesterly winds. The sea will be rough along most of Oman's coasts with maximum wave height of 3.5 metres," the MeT department statement said.