March 25, 2017

Rare fog strikes major part of Northern Oman

Rare fog strikes major part of Northern Oman

MUSCAT: According to Oman’s Meteorology Department,for almost a week thick fog has enveloped many parts of northern Oman.

Due to fog on Wednesday, the visibility will be low of less than 1,000 metres, during night to morning in the coastal areas of the Oman Sea, Buraimi, Dhahira, Wusta and South Sharqiyah governorates, the department stated.

Traffic in Barka, Khabourah, Saham, Musanah and Sohar this week have been disrupted due to heavy fog, according to the Royal Oman Police (ROP).In the coming two days, the meteorology department has predicted fog formation. ROP has warned motorists to drive safely.

Videos and pictures on roads covered with rare fog have been going viral on various social media platforms.Traffic expert,Salim Al Hinai said to Gulf News that due to the poor visibility, motorists should be cautious while driving.

Due to unstable weather conditions, the National Ferry Company (NFC) has cancelled trips between January 5 and 7,according to an announcement issued on its official Twitter handle. Ferry services between Muscat and Khasab, and vice-versa, and Khasab-Lima-Khasab and Shinas-Daba-Khasab were cancelled due to bad weather.The sea is expected to be rough, with a height of three metres, accompanied with wind speeds of 30 knots per hour,” said the announcement.

In parts of the Hajar mountain range,the cold spell in Oman has brought temperatures to 6 degrees Celsius.Temperature hovered between 25 and 19 degrees Celsius in Muscat and Seeb.

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