(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) Muscat- The current weather conditions are expected to stay the same for a few more weeks and cooler weather is expected only by October, the Directorate General of Meteorology has stated.
'Till the end of September, temperatures will remain more or less the same as of now and will hover between 33°C and 40°C. As for this month, only one or two degrees will be less. However, cooler days are expected from the beginning of October,' an official at the Directorate General of Meteorology told Muscat Daily. However, the official said the mercury is not expected to rise now.
'With the exception of coastal areas where temperatures will come down, the temperature in Dhofar region and other areas will remain the same,' the official added. In a sign of continuing long-term climate change, 2015, 2016 and 2017 were confirmed as the three warmest years on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
'This year, new temperature records have been set across the world with Quriyat getting the distinction of setting a new record - that for the highest minimum temperature ever observed on the planet. Over a period of 24 hours, the temperature in Quriyat, never dropped below 42.6°C on June 26, witnessing the highest minimum (or night-time temperature) ever recorded.'
However, the Met official said this does not mean 2018 was hotter than 2017. 'As per our records, 2017 was hotter than 2018 because a good number of places recorded 51°C last year but this year only one place recorded 51°C,' he said.
In Oman, temperatures have soared over 50°C for the last three years in a row, with mercury rising over 50°C this year again at the beginning of June and again in the last week of June in places like Dibba and Mahout.
For Sunday and Monday, the Met office has forecast cloudy skies along the coastal areas of Dhofar governorate and adjoining mountains with intermittent drizzle, and mainly clear skies over the rest of the sultanate.
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