Muscat: Temperatures in the Sultanate continue to soar and crossed 47 degrees Celsius in parts of the country yesterday.
Talking to Times of Oman, a spokesperson from the meteorology department at the Public Authority of Civil Aviation (PACA) said: “Fahud recorded the highest temperature in the country on Tuesday at 47 degrees Celsius. It was then followed by Haima and Nizwa recording 45 degrees.”
Ibri and Sohar
“Ibri and Sohar recorded 44 degrees Celsius whereas Sur stood at 42 degrees Celsius and Muscat at 41 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature recorded in Duqm on Tuesday was 39 degrees Celsius.”
The spokesperson continued: “In terms of the lowest temperature recorded in Oman, Ashkharah, an area close to Sur, recorded 29 degrees Celsius. Jabal Akhdar and Jabal Shams stood at 31 degrees Celsius – an exception due to the altitude. Salalah recorded a temperature of 33 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.”
Officials announced on Monday that the temperature across the Sultanate is expected to rise and could reach up to 49 degrees C over the next three days until Thursday, June 19, with the hottest places being Fahud at 49 degrees, Haima and Ibri with 48 degrees while the lowest predicted temperatures, at less than 30 degrees, will be at Jabal Shams and Jabal Al Qamar.
PACA attributed the cause to north-westerly winds in the governorates of Buraimi, Al Dhairah, Al Wusta and adjacent areas of the Al Hajar Mountains. The highest temperature recorded on Monday was 48.4 degrees at Sunaynah, followed by Fahud and Wadi Al Maawil with 47 degrees while Al Buraimi, Rustaq, and Ibri recorded 46 degrees. According to a family physician at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, the best remedy to beat the heat is to keep exposure to the sun minimum and drink plenty of water.
“Staying hydrated is essential in this weather. Therefore, I would recommend everyone drinks plenty of water, consuming a minimum of two litres every day. Also, try to minimise the exposure to the sun, especially during peak hours to avoid risks of experiencing heat-related issues,” the doctor said.