Hazy weather, sandstorms likely

By: Kabeer Yousuf

MUSCAT: Hazy weather and mild to heavy winds with chances of rising dust are forecast for the Sultanate of Oman, especially along the coastal areas, according to the Directorate-General of Meteorology and Air Navigation (DGMAN) of the Public Authority For Civil Aviation (PACA). However, weather will be stable but low clouds and shallow fog at late night are expected for the next 48 hours, according to the spokesperson at the met office.

“Oman will experience hazy weather condition over most parts with chances of low clouds or shallow fog at late night and early morning along the southeastern coast. Chances of rising dust over the governorates of Al Buraimi, Al 291705Dahirah, and Al Wusta

and over deserts and open areas. However, weather will remain stable and no precautionary measures are issued as of now,” the official told the Observer.

A statement from the authority further said that wind will be southwesterly light to moderate over the coastal areas of the Arabian Sea and Sea of Oman over most of the Sultanate occasionally and will be spread along northeasterly light to moderate and along rest of the governorates wind will be northwesterly light to moderate. The state of the sea would be moderate along western Musandam coast and of Arabian Sea coast with maximum wave height of 2 metres and slight along rest of Oman coast with maximum wave height of 1.25 metres. Visibility will be moderate over most of the sultanate and will become poor during fog formation and rising dust.

For the next 48 hours, in the other parts of the country, skies will be clear over with chances of low cloud or fog patches at late night to early morning over the governorates of Al Buraimi, Al Dhahirah, South Al Sharqiyah, Al Wusta and parts of Dhofar governorate.

Meanwhile, the authority has urged people to take precaution against airborne diseases that are highly likely to be spread with the winds.

“People should, first of all, avoid going out mostly in the evenings with your children unless there is necessity and while they are out they should keep their nose and mouth covered with wet tissue and wear protective sun glasses”, the source at the DGMAN said.

Additionally, while at home, public is urged to keep their windows tightly closed and air purification devices need to be used to keep the air clean and hygienic.

Make sure your doors and windows are properly locked and foolproof as these minute, suspended particles of dust can enter your house through small cracks on them.

Children need to be taken to the nearest medical facility if they show any signs of flu or cough or both. When you suspect prevalence of such communicable disease in your house, take good rest, have plenty of liquids and take the patient to the nearby clinic or healthcare facility at the soonest.

If the patient shows symptoms of severe fever and is prevalent even after taking paracetamol, and if the child refuses to have food or shows breathlessness, consider it as a red alert or alarm sign and depend upon the medical advice.

SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER

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