Khareef season has begun in the governorate of Dhofar, bringing with it plenty of greenery.
Coastal wilayats and the stretch of land from Dhalkut in Western Dhofar to Mirbat experience wet weather throughout the monsoon season, which kicks off around June 21 with the summer solstice.
Low-altitude clouds form throughout the khareef season, with rainfall averaging 50 millimetres in Salalah during the peak in July and August.
Mountainous areas facing monsoon winds can experience an average of 120 millimetres during the same period.
Monsoon season usually brings plenty of tourists to the region, but this year Salalah’s Khareef Festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Over the decades, the festival has attracted around 400,000 visitors over the two-month period.
There are currently checkpoints along roads heading towards tourist destinations in Dhofar and other areas.