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Posted On: 13 May 2009 01:06 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Dusty winds to continue today, says Met

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The strong dusty winds that lashed the country since midnight on Monday are expected to continue until Friday, says the Meteorology Department. Motorists had a hard time yesterday morning as a dust storm reduced visibility significantly. “The change in the weather condition was caused by a high pressure over Northern Saudi Arabia accompanied by strong northwesterly (Shamal) winds. The dusty winds are expected to continue until Friday afternoon,” a forecaster from the Meteorology Department told The Peninsula last evening. The northwesterly winds are expected to blow at 15 to 25 knots inshore today decreasing to 10 to 18 knots by night. The wind speed in offshore areas is expected to be 20 to 30 knots. However, the visibility is likely to improve. The Department has issued a warning for fishermen in view of the strong winds. The temperature is expected to soar further today, reaching a maximum of 40 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature recorded yesterday was 38 degrees Celsius while the minimum settled at 29 degrees. “In May, the temperature varies between 30 to 42 degrees Celsius. It has been normal this year until now,” said the forecaster.