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Rumours of abnormal summer allayed.

MUSCAT -- The Directorate-General of Meteorology and Air Navigation said in a statement yesterday that the temperature during this summer would be within the normal average according to the World Seasonal Forecasting Centres.

Acents[euro]A"The Directorate-General of Meteorology and Air Navigation would like to inform the public that those rumours of abnormal air temperatures are incorrect and also would like to advise them to follow the correct and official information from the official source, which is the Ministry of Transport and Communication -- Civil Aviation Affairs -- Directo-rate General of Meteorology and Air Navigation.

The statement added that the statistical records of long-term temperatures since 1974 at the weather station in Muscat International Airport, indicate that the maximum air temperature ever recorded, according to the World Meteorological Organisation Criteria for establishing and operating weather stations, was 49 degrees Celsius.

However, the highest recorded air temperature was 50.8 degrees Celsius reported at the weather station in the Governorate of Buraimi on July 16, 1990. The World Seasonal Forecasting Centres indicated that the temperature in this summer would be within the normal average.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Date:May 20, 2008
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