Most of the Sultanate of Oman's governorates are experiencing a noticeable decrease in temperatures just days after capital Muscat received two months' worth of January rain within just several hours.
Clear skies are expected over most of the governorates on January 6, 2022, with a drop in temperatures and chances of dust storms over desert and open areas, Oman Meteorology said.
Today's maximum temperature in capital Muscat will be 22 °C (71.6 °F) and minimum 14 °C (57.2 °F). Saiq is expecting maximum temperature of 10 °C (50 °F) and minimum 1 °C (33.8 °F), Ibri 18 °C (64.4 °F) and 8 °C (46.4 °F), Rustaq 21 °C (69.8 °F) and 11 °C (51.8 °F), Haima 22 °C (71.6 °F) and 11 °C (51.8 °F) and Khasab 19 °C (66.2 °F) and 13 °C (55.4 °F).1
This noticeable drop in temperatures comes just 2 days after the Wilayat of Bawshar in Muscat received 110 mm (4.33 inches) of rain within just a few hours — representing two months' worth of its average January rainfall. During the same period, Wilayat of Seeb recorded 108 mm (4.25 inches).2
Severe flooding and extensive damage were reported across the governorate.
At least 45 people in Muscat were evacuated by rescue services. Teams from the Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority were called in to take 35 people from Al Ghubra to safety, as well as another five in Bausher and northern Al Hail.3
All of those who have been evacuated are in good health.
According to Oman's Civil Defence report issued on January 1, severe floods claimed the lives of 6 people in areas around Muscat, Al Batinah South, and Ad Dakhiliyah.
1 Weather: Oman records drop in temperatures – Times of Oman
2 Extremely heavy rains cause deadly floods in Oman and Iran – The Watchers
3 45 evacuated as heavy rains lash parts of Oman – Times of Oman
Featured image credit: شبكة الريح للطقس
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