Sandstorms to ease

By: Kabeer Yousuf

MUSCAT: Sandstorms which are prevailing in the Sultanate of Oman along with other GCC countries for the past two days will ease and normal temperatures will return from today, according to the Met office. Speaking to the Observer, a spokesperson at the DGMAN (Directorate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation) said the direction of the wind will change from southerly to north westerly from today, bringing back the cool temperature.

“Oman has been receiving heavy southerly sandstorms for the past two days, but will ease from Sunday giving way to cool climate. Isolated rains are expected these days especially in South Al Batinah, Musandam coastal areas and Hajar Mountains.” However, sea will remain rough and those who venture into the sea should observe caution, the Met office said. Heavy dusty winds made mobility near to impossible in almost all areas with a number of minor accidents. IMG_3126In Sohar, five cars were involved in a multiple collision incident injuring the passengers in the vehicles. Sur, Musandam, Saham and Buraimi also reported heavy sandstorms making vehicular movement difficult.

Meanwhile, bad weather forced the cancellation of yesterday’s fifth stage of the Tour of Oman. The organisers took the decision after the riders came to a halt shortly after the start of the stage which had already been shortened because of a sandstorm. “On account of the weather conditions and for safety reasons the stage has been cancelled,” the organisers said. Several riders remarked how dangerous the conditions were. “Four riders had already punctured on the descent,” said French sprint specialist Nacer Bouhanni. The race finishes today with a 133.5-km run from Oman Air to Muttrah.


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