Heat wave to persist: Met Department

HARARE - The Meteorological Services Department (Met Dept) has warned that the current heat wave will persist in the coming days, with temperatures likely to sour above 40 degrees Celsius.

The department said the high temperatures, which started weeks ago, are forecast to range from 33 degrees to 43 degrees, countrywide, and advised that some moisture is expected to enter Zimbabwe soon, with rains expected.

It said although the ensuing rains were likely to cover the whole country, they will generally be light.

“It is also important to note that the combination of this moisture together with heat can trigger violent storms and is usually accompanied by hail and damaging winds,” the department warned.

Though generally light, there have been pockets of rains, which measured significant amounts, for instance Beitbridge recorded 14,8 millimetres (mm) of rainfall on October 2.

Other parts of the country that also received significantly higher rains were Rusape, Mutare and Nyanga 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.

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

The department also advised that in distributing inputs, small grains should also be part of the package.

In the 2015/2016 rainy season, Zimbabwe was ravaged by an El Nino-induced drought which has seen at least 4,1 million people being food insecure.

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