Met Of­fice warns of ex­treme heat, storm

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Aux­ilia Ka­ton­go­mara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

THE Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment ( MSD) has warned of high tem­per­a­tures of be­tween 35 and 42 de­grees coun­try­wide over the weekend, with rains ac­com­pa­nied by dev­as­tat­ing winds ex­pected from next Mon­day, sig­nalling the be­gin­ning of the rainy sea­son.

MSD head of fore­cast­ing, Mr Tich Zinyemba urged the public to take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures in the face of the high tem­per­a­tures.

“The Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment wishes to ad­vise the public of very hot weather ex­pected to affect the whole country on 15 and 16 Oc­to­ber 2016. The con­di­tions (near record-break­ing high tem­per­a­tures both dur­ing the day and at night) are fore­cast to range from 35 de­grees Cel­sius to 42 de­grees Cel­sius,” said Mr Zinyemba.

The weath­er­man urged the public to take lots of flu­ids and avoid out­door ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the peak of the heat­wave.

“The Depart­ment there­fore as a way of tak­ing pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to pro­tect them­selves from the ad­verse weather con­di­tions ad­vises mem­bers of the public to drink lots of flu­ids, par­tic­u­larly wa­ter and avoid pro­longed stay in the sun. Avoid out­door ac­tiv­i­ties be­tween 11:30AM and 3:00 PM, pro­tect your­selves from the sun by us­ing um­brel­las and wide-brimmed hats,” he said. Mr Zinyemba warned of the pos­si­bil­ity of fires. “While this is hap­pen­ing, a cloud band is ex­pected to start en­ter­ing the western and south­ern ar­eas of the country from Sun­day 16 Oc­to­ber. This should cover much of the country by Tues­day 18 Oc­to­ber 2016. If the ex­pected weather pat­terns be­have as pre­dicted, then the en­su­ing rains should be sig­nif­i­cant over the whole country. This may sig­nal the start of the 2016/17 rain­fall sea­son for Mata­bele­land North and South, Mid­lands as well as Masvingo prov­inces,” he said. Storms are also ex­pected due to the high tem­per­a­tures. “It is also im­por­tant to note that the com­bi­na­tion of this mois­ture to­gether with heat can trig­ger vi­o­lent storms that may be ac­com­pa­nied by hail and dam­ag­ing winds. Al­ready this month, the country has had weather re­lated dis­as­ters in some parts. Th­ese dis­as­ters are fore­cast to in­crease in fre­quency as the rain-bear­ing weather sys­tems be­come more organised,” said Mr Zinyemba.

“The Depart­ment will con­tinue mon­i­tor­ing the con­di­tions and up­date the public ac­cord­ingly”. — @Aux­il­liaK

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