Muscat: Most of the Wilayates and governorates of the Sultanate of Oman will witness a rise in temperatures for a period of two weeks, an official from the Oman Meteorology, said.
An official from the Oman Meteorology spoke exclusively to Times of Oman about the rising temperatures in the Sultanate of Oman where he mentioned that, “Most of the Wilayate and governorates of the Sultanate of Oman will witness a rise in temperatures for a period of two weeks, then the temperatures will continue to drop slightly until mid-July 2023, to return after that decline again until the onset of winter.”
The official described this as normal, as the Sultanate of Oman and most regions of the Arabian Peninsula witness a similar rise in temperatures every year.
When asked if there is a possibility of a better weather change or predictions for depressions and rain, the official replied, “We hope for that, especially with the weather in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea now, but so far we have not seen any signs of that."
The official confirmed that the months of May and June are among the hottest months of the year, and this is what was noticed and experienced during the past days.
But did the summer month start astronomically in the Sultanate of Oman?
The official from Oman Meteorology replied with a resounding no. According to astronomical calculations, Oman will enter the summer season when the summer solstice occurs, specifically on June 21, 2023.
What is the summer solstice and what happens during it?
The summer solstice for the northern part of the globe is the arrival of the axis of inclination of the fall of the sun’s rays perpendicular to the earth at the Tropic of Cancer at a maximum angle of 23.44 degrees north of the globe, and this event will be on the 21st of June, after which the axis retreats south within 3 months until the autumn solstice occurs when the angle of incidence of the sun's rays perpendicular to the equator.
Summer changes mostly occur before the summer solstice, and summer enters according to the climate calendar on the first of June of each year.
The most prominent changes in the Arabian Peninsula during the summer season lie in the rise in temperatures, the increase in humidity in the air, and the blowing of monsoons in the Arabian Sea and the countries bordering on it, which results in the occurrence of the Dhofar autumn and monsoon rains in India.
It is worth noting that the day of the summer solstice is characterized by the fact that it witnesses the longest day and the shortest night during the year, in terms of the number of hours.