Met Dept to verify Gweru 'snow' claims

HARARE - Although temperatures are dropping drastically as winter settles in, few believe images that are circulating on social media of “snow” in the traditionally cold city of Gweru.

According to reports, areas in lower Gweru were on Friday covered in “snow” as temperatures dipped.

But nobody seems to believes the reports, including the country’s Meteorological Services Department (Met department), which will dispatch a team to investigate the phenomena.

Contacted for comment, officials from the Met department said they were trying to verify the reports and visit the site where the “snow” is claimed to have fallen.

Senior forecaster Tich Zinyemba warned the pictures may be a hoax.

He said the weather in Gweru in the past few days was mostly sunny despite the temperatures dropping at night.

Zinyemba said the maximum and minimum temperatures were between 17 and nine degrees celsius respectively.

“What I suspect (if true) could be the possibility that frost may have occurred in the early hours of the morning somewhere in Gweru’s environs but certainly not snow,” he said.

He added that he would provide further information upon verification of the exact condition.

The last weather update indicated that frosty weather would be experienced throughout the day, with the lowest temperatures ranging between seven and nine degrees Celsius throughout the country.

The Met department issued a frost occurrence warning and readiness response for farmers into horticulture, hatchery, piggery, poultry and dairy.

“Clear skies at night will result in rapidly falling temperatures, consequently there should be increased risk of ground frost occurring mainly along the central watershed and other wind sheltered places,” read the statement.

Comments (4)

This is the diesel from the rock nonsensical fiasco all over again. What is there to verify? Because there is a picture with a cattle kraal that should make it Gweru? Come on, the temperatures were not even below freezing during that period.

Galore 123 - 31 May 2016

the big problem is we do major the minor and ignore basic & contentious issues.

SaManyika Chaiye - 31 May 2016

The Met Dept was not even aware of what happened in Lower Gweru for all this time let alone informing the public before the deed

chitundumuseremusere - 1 June 2016

Tichaona Zinyemba you are daft and very very daft Snow is like ice cream and it melts. I think you should have treated it as an emergency. You should have spoken to the police..the school heads in Lower Gweru and you shud have sent jus 2 people to confirm it while it was still fresh. now you are talking about sending a team ,, what for.

Ian Smith - 1 June 2016

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