Rains to con­tinue in Rift Val­ley, Cen­tral and Western

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS - BY COLLINS OMULO

Parts of the coun­try will con­tinue to re­ceive rain with some ar­eas in dan­ger of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing flash floods, the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal depart­ment has warned.

Speak­ing to the Na­tion by phone yes­ter­day, Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal depart­ment deputy di­rec­tor Samwel Mwangi said parts of Nyanza, Rift Val­ley, Western and Cen­tral would con­tinue to re­ceive rain­fall un­til Satur­day. The amount will start re­duc­ing from Sun­day.

“There is a sud­den in­crease in weather ac­tiv­i­ties and we should see a lit­tle bit of rain in ar­eas we had said would ex­pe­ri­ence a down­pour. Th­ese rains might be heavy in some ar­eas as the cen­tre of ac­tiv­ity will keep on shift­ing,” said Mr Mwangi.

He warned res­i­dents to be on alert be­cause of pos­si­ble flash floods in some ar­eas.

The places that might be af­fected in­clude ar­eas south of the Rift Val­ley cover­ing the coun­ties of Bomet, Kisii, Keri­cho, parts of Narok, and cen­tral parts of the coun­try, in­clud­ing Nairobi and parts of the Aber­dare Ranges.

“Nairobi re­gion on Wed­nes­day did ex­pe­ri­ence a bit of flash floods and heavy winds. Th­ese rains might be a sig­nal for the on­set of the short rains sea­son in the coun­try,” said Mr Mwangi.

On Wed­nes­day, Nairobi res­i­dents were caught un­awares af­ter it sud­denly started rain­ing de­spite the city ex­pe­ri­enc­ing sunny in­ter­vals for the bet­ter part of the day.

The evening show­ers started min­utes past 4pm and went on into the night, in­con­ve­nienc­ing those that did not have um­brel­las. Some had to wait in their of­fices for the rain to sub­side.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est seven-day fore­cast cover­ing Oc­to­ber 10 to Oc­to­ber 16, Nairobi and the Cen­tral High­lands were ex­pected to re­ceive rain­fall over sev­eral places on Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day and Fri­day.

There’s a sud­den in­crease in weather ac­tiv­i­ties and we should see a lit­tle bit of rain in ar­eas we had said would ex­pe­ri­ence a down­pour. Th­ese rains might be heavy in some ar­eas.” Met of­fi­cial Samwel Mwangi.

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