Freezing cold in Jabal Akhdhar, Jabal Shams

By: Vinod Nair

MUSCAT: The residents and visitors to Jabal Shams and Jabal al Akhdhar have reported extremely freezing temperatures. Photos of early morning hailstorms were also supplied to the Observer from Jabal Shams last morning. A resort official in Alila Jabal Akhdhar said that “it was not raining at that point of time in the evening yesterday but it was freezing cold out there.” A worker who returned to Muscat from Jabal Akdhar also confirmed that it was very cold and the temperature was reportedly to be around sub-zero levels. Jebel Shams reported minus 3. According to DG of Meteorology and Air Navigation, 4.4 mm rainfall was recorded at Jabel Shams.

The met office further said that mainly clear skies and relatively cool weather over most of the Sultanate with chance of dust rising winds over deserts and open areas. Winds will be northerly to northwesterly light to moderate occasionally fresh. The sea state will be rough along the coastal area of Oman Sea and southern Al Sharqiya Governorate with wave height ranging from 2.5 to 3.5 metres and moderate along rest of the coastal areas of the Sultanate with maximum wave height of 2 metres. Visibility will be good over most of the sultanate. In the next 48 hours, it will be mainly clear skies over most of the Sultanate with chance of late night to early morning low level clouds over Musandam Governorate.


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