Muscat: People who travel to the Saiq plateau near Jabal Akhdar will experience temperatures of less than five degrees, after it recorded the lowest temperature across all of the towns in Oman in the forecast for 2 December.
Saiq showed a temperature of 4.9 degrees, as reported by the Directorate General of Meteorology at the Public Authority for Civil Aviation. After Saiq, those areas in the country that had showed the lowest temperatures had readings of between 13.1 and 14.4 degrees Celsius.
Qabil (13.1 degrees), Nizwa (13.6 degrees), Maqshin (14.1 degrees) and Qabil (14.4 degrees) were the coldest places in Oman after Saiq. The warmest place in the country was Salalah, which had a high of 29.2 degrees, and increase of about only 15 degrees when compared to Maqshin.
Mirbat also recorded a temperature of 29.2 degrees, followed by Fahud and Marmul (29.1 degrees each), Qarn Al Alam (28.9 degrees) and Taqah (28.6 degrees).
While temperatures on land due to good weather do make visiting these areas a very pleasant experience, the National Multi Hazard Early Warning Centre at PACA have asked people to be cautious while heading out to sea, due to a tropical depression that is currently building in the Arabian Sea, off the Dhofari coastline.
“An update on the tropical situation in the Arabian Sea: there is the buildup and deepening of the tropical depression centred in the southwest Arabian Sea, and it has evolved into a deep tropical atmospheric depression with wind speeds of between 28 and 33 knots around the centre, with it moving in a west-northwest direction,” said PACA.
The United States Joint Typhoon Warning Centre, which is jointly run by the US Navy and US Air Force, is also monitoring this development, in addition to weather disturbances around the world. It referred to this depression as a tropical cyclone, and said it was “located approximately 889 nautical miles east-southeast of Djibouti, and has tracked north-northwestward at four knots over the past six hours. Animated multi-spectral satellite imagery shows a partially obscured low-level circulation, centre to the southeast of the deep convection.”
Warm sea temperatures, measured at about 28 or 29 degrees Celsius, would hamper intensification of the cyclone, added the JTWC. The environment would continue to hamper significant buildup, and this cyclone is expected to make landfall in Djibouti, with an intensity of 45 knots, after which it should weaken to 25 knots.