Hailstorm Then Heavy Rain Lashes Oman
Light to moderate rains accompanied by hailstorms was witnessed in different parts of Muscat and Sohar, Tuesday evening.
“Quriyat, Samail, Barka and Al Khabourah witnessed light to moderate in the afternoon. Even though, some wadis are overflowing and roads are flooded so far no untoward incidents have been reported.
The rains started at around 3 pm and remained till 5pm in many areas. Some of the areas are also enveloped by dense fog,” said Bader Ali Al Baddaei, one of the administrators of rthmc.net, a local web-based forum that discusses weather trends in Oman.
“The fog and hailstorm has affected the movement of vehicles on the roads. Traffic jams are witnessed in many areas,” Bader added.
On Monday, heavy fog enveloped many parts of Muttrah in Muscat. According to residents in and around the Muttrah Corniche area, fog enveloped the entire area from 7am and remained till 11am.
Meanwhile, Oman News Agency reported that light rains fell in some villages of the wilayats of Khasab, Bukha, Diba and Madha.
Light rains also fell in the Niyabat Al Rawdhah in the Governorate of Al Buraimi.
The meteorological department in its 48 hours forecast has predicted chances of isolated rain over governorates of Musandam and north Al Batinah.
The Met department has also forecast fog patches over governorates of south Al Sharqiya, Al Wusta and northern Dhofar.
According to officials at the Public Authority of Civil Defence and Ambulance (PACDA), in the last week rain six people died due to rains and flooding affecting most of the northern governorates of Oman.