Met Office warns of extreme heat, storm
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