Cyclone Ashobaa 160km from Omani coast

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Cyclone Ashobaa is now just 160km away from Oman, with heavy rain and high winds expected, according to the latest update from meteorologists.

Satellite imagery as well as weather station observations in the region reveal the storm is currently to the south-east province of the UAE’s southerly neighbour.

According to the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology in Abu Dhabi rain clouds associated with the storm are only 60km away from Oman and although wind speed is expected to reduce as the storm makes landfall, they are still expected to be between 56kph and 74kph.

Using data from weather charts and computer models forecasters believe the cyclone is moving west to south-west and it is probable that it will gradually weaken as it approaches the coast.

Ashobaa will be accompanied by heavy rainfall and high winds.

Earlier reports said temperatures in the UAE over the next 24 hours will reach highs of 35°C to 42°C and lows of 29°C to 32°C in coastal areas and highs of 42°C to 47°C and lows of 26°C to 31°C in internal areas.

The relative humidity will increase during the night over coastal areas with a chance of fog in the west.

The Sea of Oman will remain rough.