Muscat: Several parts of Oman have recorded maximum temperatures of 45 degrees, as the country moves into the summer months.
Temperatures in Fahud, in Al Dhahirah, and Haima in Al Wusta both touched 45 degrees Celsius, while Ibri was not too far behind at 44 degrees, according to figures published by the Directorate General of Meteorology at the Civil Aviation Authority.
Adam in Al Dakhiliyah, Al Mudheibi in Al Sharqiyah, and Marmul in the southern Dhofar all had expected maximums of 44 degrees as well. Temperatures in Buraimi, Al Amerat, Yanqul, and Nizwa were expected to soar to around 43 degrees.
People living in Bahla, Rustaq, Ibra, and Thumrait also felt the heat, with an expected maximum of 42 degrees. Samail (41°C), Sur, and Muhut (40°C) were also rather hot. In the national capital, Muscat, temperatures in Seeb were estimated at 39°C.
Temperatures in the mountainous parts of Oman were relatively better: the Saiq plateau, which during the winter records temperatures in the negative, was at 27 degrees.
Jabal Samhan was also rather cool at 28 degrees, and Jabal Shams, at 24°C, recorded the lowest maximum on 16 May. Jabal Al Qamar (32°C), Salalah Port (31°C), Salalah, and Qairoon Hariti (both 33°C) were also far more pleasant than other parts of the country.
The northern Governorate of Musandam was also a bit more pleasant than the mainland: the regional capital, Khasab, had an expected temperature of 39°C, with Madha and Dibba following close behind at 38°C.
Sohar, the capital of North Al Batinah experienced temperatures of 38°C, as did Suwaiq. Duqm also experienced warm weather (39°C), while on Masirah Island, temperatures touched 37°C.
Ras Al Hadd was a bit cooler at 36°C, while another chain of islands off the coast of Oman, the Hallaniyat Islands recorded readings of 32°C.
Isolated rains are expected over some parts of Oman in the coming days, although most areas are likely to see clear skies.
There is a “chance of cloud formation over Al Hajar mountains, which may cause isolated rain towards the afternoon,” said the DG of Meteorology in its forecast for the 17th of May.
“As well as chances of late night to early morning low level clouds or fog patches along the coastal areas of Arabian Sea and Oman Sea.”
However, fresh winds could provide relief from the heat in many areas in the country, particularly the coast, where “winds will be northeasterly light to moderate during the day, becoming variably light at night, and along the coastal areas of Arabian Sea.”
“There will be southwesterly moderate to fresh winds over the rest of the Sultanate,” added the government body. “Westerly to north westerly, light to moderate, occasionally fresh winds over Al Buraimi and Al Dahirah governorates are also expected.”