Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment pre­dicts ‘sig­nif­i­cant rains’ as win­ter ends

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo Chron­i­cle Re­porter

SIG­NIF­I­CANT rains are ex­pected to start from next Mon­day as win­ter is now over, the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment (MSD) said yes­ter­day.

In a state­ment, the MSD said last Satur­day, mois­ture en­tered the coun­try from Botswana and South Africa re­sult­ing in cloudy and rel­a­tively cool weather in Mata­bele­land as well as the south­ern half of the Mid­lands and Masvingo prov­inces re­sult­ing in thun­der­storms and driz­zle in ar­eas such as Vic­to­ria Falls and Kezi the fol­low­ing day.

“This in­cur­sion of mois­ture is a sig­nif­i­cant and pos­i­tive omen for what to ex­pect as per the 2016-17 sea­sonal rain­fall fore­cast,” said the MSD.

It said from to­mor­row un­til Sun­day, the whole coun­try should re­turn to the hot to very hot and dry weather.

“This should be in prepa­ra­tion for the sec­ond in­cur­sion of more moist air into coun­try that should bring more but sig­nif­i­cant rains from Septem­ber 26,” reads the state­ment.

The MSD ad­vised mem­bers of the pub­lic against di­rectly ex­pos­ing them­selves to the sun.

“Win­ter is now over. Un­til the end of Oc­to­ber, the weather over the coun­try should be mostly hot to very hot. Nights should be un­com­fort­able also, with an in­crease in mos­qui­toes. As such, the pub­lic is strongly dis­cour­aged from di­rect ex­po­sure to sun­light as this causes heat stress and dis­com­fort on peo­ple and livestock,” said the MSD.

“Out­door ac­tiv­i­ties such as sport should be avoided be­tween 12:00 (noon) and 3PM. Chances for veld fires re­main very high so the pub­lic is urged to re­frain from un­nec­es­sary burn­ing of fires.”

The MSD re­cently said in­puts, in­clud­ing small grains, should be dis­trib­uted to all re­gions by the end of Septem­ber in Mata­bele­land South, Masvingo, Mid­lands and south­ern districts of Man­i­ca­land and by the end of Oc­to­ber for the rest of the coun­try in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the rains.—@thamamoe.

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