Muscat: With forecasts of more rains in the Sultanate of Oman until Sunday, the Civil Defence and the Royal Oman Police have called people not to take risks and cross flooded wadis.
An official from the Oman Meteorology confirmed exclusively to Times of Oman that the impact of the air depression on most of the governorates of the Sultanate of Oman will continue till Sunday, with chances of heavy rains along the coastal governorates of the Sea of Oman and the mountains. The peak of the depression will occur on Saturday night.
The official also confirmed that more rains were recorded in the northern governorates, including Musandam, Al Buraimi, North and South Al Batinah, as well as Al Wusta. There is a possibility of rains of varying intensity in the Governorate of Muscat too.
A statement issued by Oman Meteorology said: “There is cloud condensation activity on the eastern Hajar Mountains, and chances of rains of varying intensity and thunderstorms at times - in parts of the governorates of Muscat, South Al Batinah, Al Dakhiliyah, North and South Al Sharqiyah.”
A statement issued by the CDAA , said: “The authority stresses the need to follow safety instructions during rains and not to venture into flooded wadis to preserve the safety of everyone.”
Jabal Shams recorded temperatures ranging from -1 to -5 degrees Celsius in the morning and between 5 to 1 degrees Celsius during the day, which led to the formation of frost and snow. Citizens and residents rushed during the weekend to watch the snow and enjoyed the cold weather on top of the mountain.
Cautioning visitors on the Jabal Shams road, the Royal Oman Police (ROP) said: “For users of the Jabal Shams Road in the Wilayat of Al Hamra, it is dangerous to go up and down due to rain. Muddy soil leads to slipping of vehicles, so please do not take the risk and leave safe distance between vehicles.”
The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism also said: “Given the danger of the road leading to Jebel Shams in the Wilayat of Al-Hamra due to rains, road users are requested not to take risks and take caution.”
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources published the amount of rainfall over a number of wilayats between 24 to 28 January 2023 until 11 am. The state of Mhada in Al Buraimi Governorate received the highest amount of 124 mm rain, followed by the state of Shinas with 105 mm, then Liwa with 103 mm, followed by Dibba, Madha, Ibri and Khasab 90, 75, 61 and 37mm respectively.
On the other hand, the states of Mirbat, Rusatq and Maqshan recorded the least amount of rain in the Sultanate, amounting to 2 mm each, while the state of Al Suwaiq in the Governorate of North Al Batinah recorded the least amount of rain with 1 mm.