No rains yet: Met dept

HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department (Met dept) has advised that the 2016-17 rainy season is not on yet and warned farmers not to rely on the early moisture.

This comes after rains were received in Matabeleland North and South, Masvingo and southern districts of the Midlands and Manicaland this week.

However, the Met dept’s forecaster, Courage Mbiriyawanda, said “the early rains should not be used as signifying the onset of the main rains . . . (for) those relying on rainfall for their on-farm operations, from the Met dept’s perspective”.

“The precipitation that is falling in the southern districts of the country has been mostly light in amounts,” he said.

Mbiriyawanda added that while the amounts have been generally light, there were pockets which measured significant amounts, for instance in Beitbridge where 14,8 millimetres (mm) of rainfall was recorded on Sunday.

Other parts of the country that also received significantly high rains were Rusape and Mutare, with 30,28 and 25mm respectively.

Marondera, Chivhu, Wedza, Kutsaga, Chisengu, Buhera, Gweru, Kwekwe, Tsholotsho, Goetz Observatory, Masvingo Airport and Makoholi received rains ranging between 2mm and 12mm.

Mbiriyawanda said the cool weather is likely to continue in the southern parts of the country while areas such as Mashonaland West, Central and parts of Mashonaland East will experience warm, hot and hazy weather.

He added that as the atmosphere transits from dry to wet conditions, the thunderstorms that occur may be violent with lots of lightning, strong winds and hailstorms.

Mbiriyawanda warned that the thunderstorms may cause a lot of damage such as blowing off rooftops, falling power lines and others.

“Another cloud band is forecast to affect Zimbabwe starting with the western and southern areas. As of now, this could be a repeat of what has been happening in the

past few days, but with more significant amounts of precipitation and covering more of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Despite the prediction of early and above normal rains this year, the Met dept forecast that Zimbabwe should be prepared for one form of drought or another.

The department also advised that in distributing inputs, small grains must be included.

Comments (1)

Blame the drought and lack of rain on the British and Americans hey @truth or Rhpde's hey @ADF. According to these two geniuses and prophets, the British and Americans are lurking everywhere and are behind every bad thing that happens here. Never has anything to do with atrocious leadership or grossly corrupt and inefficient officials? Or the negative effect of black empowerment?

Mbewa - 6 October 2016

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