By Staff writer
Eastern parts of the UAE and Oman to be affected by depression, forecasters warn
Parts of the UAE and Oman will be hit by thunderstorms and heavy rainfall as a tropical storm moves west across the Arabian Sea, officials have warned.
On Tuesday, forecasters attempted to play down the likely impact of a depression more than 450km off the Oman coast.
They said the depression was unlikely to develop into a full-scale tropical storm – though they continued to monitor the situation.
However, on Wednesday both the UAE and Oman issued updates warning the storm was building momentum and poor weather is expected in the region over the next 48 hours.
Oman’s Directorate General of Meteorology said in a statement: “Latest weather maps and satellite images shows that the depression still exists in the southeast Arabian Sea and the nearest cloud bands are about 460 kilometers from the coast of the Sultanate overlooking the Arabian Sea.
“The analysis of numerical weather prediction charts indicate that the depression is likely to move towards the northwestward heading to the coasts of the sultanate associated with a passage of a trough of low pressure over the northern parts of the Sultanate… within the next three days associated with rain, occasionally thundershower, and fresh wind.”
The Public Authority for Civil Aviation advised the public to take precautions and avoid low-lying areas such as wadis. It also warned fishermen to avoid heading out to sea and follow the latest bulletins from Oman's Hazard Warning centre.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the UAE’s National Center for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), told Emirates247: “The eastern region of the country will experience rainfall over the next 48 hours as a result of the depression over the Arabian Sea.
“Areas affected would be the eastern region, namely Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, parts of Sharjah, Hatta and even Al Ain.”