Rains expected to continue

HARARE - After enduring nearly a month of extreme heat, Zimbabwe is now expecting rain, that began falling on Monday, to continue.

According to the Meteorological Services Department rains will continue, causing lower temperatures and triggering powerful thunderstorms.

The country has seen sweltering temperatures, including a few spots that set records.

The rains will see a slight cooling trend.

John Mupuro, a weather forecaster, however, said high temperatures of between 30 and 34 degrees Celsius are expected to continue in areas such as Wedza, Kariba, Beitbridge, Masvingo, Guruve and Buffalo Range.

“Expect morning rain to cover the country with widespread afternoon and evening thundershowers. It should be hot during the day but mild overnight,” Mupuro said in the forecast.

“Low temperatures will be recorded in areas such as Gokwe, which will record a maximum of 24 degrees Celsius in the afternoon.”

A cloud seeding exercise was supposed to take place. However, the tender winner was yet to be announced and conditions for the programme were not available.

According to the Met Department, the weather was being affected by El Nino conditions that are likely to stretch to April.

El Nino is a climatic pattern that occurs above the Pacific Ocean every five years and causes extreme weather such as droughts and floods in many regions of the world.

Mupuro said the El Nino was the worst ever since the December 1997 season, with some countries in the Sadc region already declaring droughts.

Oxfam and other aid agencies have warned that if an adequate response to El Nino is not found, millions of people are at risk of hunger, homelessness and disease.

“The current El Nino is one of the worst on record… Tens of millions of people in East and Southern Africa are now suffering in the midst of drought or floods, with millions more people affected in Latin America and the Pacific,” Oxfam said in a statement.

Comments (3)

Asi munoshura chaiko. Kana kumbopa Mwari mbiri yakakodzera. Inga kwakanamatwa wani. maakutaura nezvecloud seeding now,, zvaimbovepi..

pastor - 13 January 2016

The problem with us is that when things go wrong, we think of God. If things are going well ,we take things for granted. We prayed for the rains over the weekend and God answered our prayers. When we got the rains, people did not thank God and you are now talking of cloud seeding. We should pray without ceasing.

Pray Without Ceasing - 13 January 2016

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