Sky to get clear by tomorrow, weather to remain pleasant: Met

Muscat - 

The Met office has said that sky over several parts of the country will be clear by Monday but the  weather will remain “pleasant”.

On Saturday, several parts of Muscat, Musandam, North and South Dakhliyah, Dhofar and Al Hajar Mountains received light to moderate rainfall adding chill to the air.

On Friday, gusty winds and dust reduced visibility in several parts of the country.

A senior official from the Met office said, “The minimum temperature dipped to 13.8, 14, -3 and zero degree Celsius in Muscat, Salalah, Jebel Shams and Jebel Akhdar respectively. It is because of fresh and dry north-west winds that several countries in the region have been affected.”

In its weather bulletin, the Public Authority for Civil Aviation stated, “For Sunday, it will be mainly clear sky over most parts of the sultanate with chances of dusty winds over the desert and open areas and chance of late night to early morning low level clouds or fog over Buraimi and Dhahirah governorates. For Monday, it will be mainly clear sky over most parts of the sultanate with chances of late night to early morning low level clouds or fog over Buraimi and Dhahirah governorates.”

Inclement weather conditions have led to cancellation of flights by Oman Air and SalamAir. The Twitter account of Oman Air read, “Domestic flights have been affected by strong winds with several flights being delayed or cancelled. Operations will resume subject to weather conditions.”

SalamAir stated, “Due to bad weather and reduced visibility at Salalah Airport, the flight OV 001 returned to Muscat on Saturday after attempts to approach the runways. The aircraft landed safely at Muscat International Airport.

“Unfortunately, the weather deteriorated due to further reduction of visibility which led to the cancellation of another flight OV 002. In such circumstances, our clients will be offered the choice to either rebook their seats on our next available flights at no costs or have a full refund of their purchase.

“We apologise for the inconvenience. SalamAir puts the safety and well-being of clients first.”

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