Here’s how tropical storm ‘Mekunu’ could affect Oman over the next three days
Wednesday 23/May/2018 11:13 AM
By: Times News Service
Muscat: Isolated rains are predicted in Dhofar and Al Wusta today, while “Mekunu” the tropical storm expected to reach the Sultanate’s southern coast on Friday, could lead to heavy rain and gales over the two governorates, Oman's Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA) announced on Wednesday.
PACA also announced the weather forecast in the Sultanate for the next three days.
On Wednesday, May 23, Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates will see clear to partly cloudy skies, with chances of isolated rain over the coastal areas and the adjoining mountains. However, the rest of the Sultanate will experience mainly clear skies with chances of cloud formation over the Al-Hajar Mountains towards the afternoon and chances of low-level clouds developing between late in the night and early morning, along parts of the Arabian Sea coast.
PACA's report also said: "Along the coastal areas of Oman Sea, wind will be light to moderate northeasterly during the day, becoming light southwesterly during the night. Over the rest of the Sultanate, wind will be light to moderate southerly to southeasterly.”
Government weather watchers warned of high sea waves from Wednesday evening along Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates. PACA said, "Sea state is slight along most of Oman’s coast with a maximum wave height of 1.25 metre. That could change to moderate from the evening, along Dhofar and Al-Wusta coasts with a maximum wave height of 2 metres."
Skies would mostly clear up on Thursday, May 24, with clear to partly cloudy skies over Dhofar and Al Wusta governorates and chances of isolated rain and occasional thundershowers forecast. The rest of the Sultanate will witness mainly clear skies with a chance of cloud formation over Al Hajar Mountains towards the afternoon. There are chances of formation of low-level clouds along parts of the Arabian Sea coast, between late night and early morning.
As Mekunu hits the Sultanate's coast on Friday, May 25, the storm will lead to heavy rain and winds that could develop into strong gales over Dhofar and Al Wusta. "The sea will be very rough along the coast of Dhofar, Al Wusta and South Al Sharqiyah with the maximum wave height of five to eight metres. The rest of the governorate will however see clear to partly cloudy skies," PACA said in its weather report.