Citizens and residents in Oman tend to enter their cars and then immediately look at the temperature reading on their dashboard to check the outside temperature.
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The readings inside cars are unreliable because of the car gauge’s lack of accuracy, according to a PACA spokesman.
An official from the Directorate General of Meteorology at PACA told Times of Oman: “There are too many factors that affect the reading on your car’s thermistor, and people relying on them too much is an issue.”
“The reading on your car depends on its make, the device implanted inside, how it is affected by weather in the long term, and even the colour of the car. For example, black cars will register higher temperatures than white cars.
“With these factors, we definitely do not recommend depending on the car’s thermistor too much. At most, you can use it as a general indicator of how hot the air might be,” he added.
The directorate general gets its readings from highly sophisticated machines spread across the country.
The official added:
“Our machines are all over Oman, operate under a global standard and have their own requirements, such as regular maintenance and being kept higher than a metre above ground so that they don’t get affected by the reflected heat from the ground.
“We urge people to use our reports as the official indicator for how hot it is at any given time.”
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