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‘Khamsini-like conditions to abate on Tuesday morning’

By Hana Namrouqa - Mar 03,2014 - Last updated at Mar 03,2014

AMMAN — The impact of a warm air mass that brought dust and above-average temperatures to the Kingdom is expected to abate on Tuesday, according to the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD).

The warm air mass, which started affecting the country on Saturday, will subside on Tuesday morning, when temperatures will drop and the weather will be partly cloudy, a JMD weather forecaster told The Jordan Times on Monday.

The air mass brought khamsini-like conditions, but the dusty and hot weather over the past three days was not a khamsini depression, the meteorologist said.

“The khamsini phenomenon starts affecting the country in late March. Its winds are southeasterly, blowing from Africa and passing over the Sinai desert before reaching the Kingdom,” he explained.

The warm air mass, on the other hand, was accompanied by winds from Africa and passed over the Mediterranean Sea, the weather forecaster noted.

Meanwhile, maximum temperatures are forecast to drop to 20°C on Tuesday, remaining five degrees above their annual average of 15°C during this time of the year, while the minimum will be 8°C, according to the JMD.

Winds will be northwesterly moderate to brisk, with a slight chance of showers in the morning.

A slight rise in mercury levels is expected on Wednesday, when the weather will be fair in mountainous areas and relatively warm in the rest of the country. 

Temperatures in the capital will range between a high of 22°C and a low of 10°C, with southwesterly moderate winds turning to northwesterly in the afternoon.

Another rise in temperatures is expected on Thursday, with mercury levels climbing nine degrees above their annual average. 

“The weather on Thursday will be pleasant, with daytime temperatures reaching 24°C in Amman and dropping to 11°C at night,” the weather forecaster said.

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