Cyclone Mekunu weakened to tropical storm, rain forecast for UAE: NCM

Cyclone Mekunu weakened to tropical storm, rain forecast for UAE: NCM

Abu Dhabi - As expected by the NCM, the cyclone will not reach the UAE.



By Wam

Published: Sat 26 May 2018, 3:57 PM

Last updated: Sun 27 May 2018, 8:42 AM

Tropical cyclone Mekunu has weakened to a tropical storm this morning, moving away from Salalah with thunder, rainfall and a wind speed of 65 km/h to 80 km/h, according to the latest update on the tropical system in the Arabian Sea issued by the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) on Saturday.
"The tropical storm will continue moving towards the northwest from the current location. It is very likely to weaken into a tropical depression during the next six hours, with a wind speed of 40 km/hr to 50 km/hr," the NCM said.
As expected by the NCM, the cyclone will not reach the UAE. However, the medium and high clouds and moist air mass may lead to rain convective cloud formations in the eastern and southern parts of the country, associated with new winds causing blowing dust or sand, which leads to hazy and partly cloudy to cloudy weather, in general.
The NCM is monitoring weather conditions 24/7 and urges the public to follow updates, reports and forecasts issued, and to avoid rumours issued by non-professional entities.
According to a tweet by Oman's Met department (PACA), Salalah airport to reopen on Sunday:


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