Thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected across the Sultanate this afternoon (Friday, May 12), Oman’s Directorate General of Meteorology (PACA) has warned.
Rain, thunderstorms, sandstorms and strong winds have been forecast for many areas around the Sultanate, including Muscat, Sur, Ibri, Nizwa, Amerat, Quryat, Buraimi and Jebel Shams.
“Isolated rain with occasionally thundershowers over Al Hajar Mountains and adjoining governorates may associated with fresh downdraft winds, hail and blowing dust towards afternoon and evening,” PACA said on its website this afternoon.
“There is a chance of isolated thundershowers over the governorates of Al Wusta and Dhofar. Chances of late night to early morning low clouds along most of the coastal areas.”
Just after 3pm, the skies had darkened over Muscat, forcing many residents indoors.
High winds, sandstorms, and thunder and lightening struck the capital yesterday afternoon (Thursday, May 11), creating peak-hour traffic chaos.
PACA has forecast the rain and thunderstorms to to continue until Sunday.
Residents should exercise caution and stay away from wadis and other areas where flash flooding can occur.