Zim ex­pe­ri­ences record break­ing heat

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Elita Chik­wati Harare Bureau

ZIM­BABWE ex­pe­ri­enced ex­tremely high tem­per­a­tures yes­ter­day with some ar­eas break­ing records that were set in the 1960s.

Some show­ers are ex­pected in the south­ern parts of the coun­try to­day.

Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment se­nior fore­caster, Mr Tich Zinyemba, yes­ter­day con­firmed that most ar­eas ex­pe­ri­enced ex­tremely high tem­per­a­tures rang­ing from 35 de­grees Cel­sius to 42 de­grees Cel­sius as fore­cast last week although he could not read­ily pro­vide com­par­a­tive fig­ures from pre­vi­ous year.

“The fore­cast went as pre­dicted. We had an­tic­i­pated high tem­per­a­tures on Satur­day and Sun­day but this has ex­tended to Mon­day (yes­ter­day). The tem­per­a­tures are still high but we ex­pect some light show­ers in Mata­bele­land North and South, Mid­lands as well as Masvingo prov­inces to­mor­row (to­day),” he said.

Mr Zinyemba said ex­tremely high tem­per­a­tures were recorded in Chin­hoyi (38 de­grees Cel­sius), Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port, 35 de­grees Cel­sius, Hwange 39 de­grees Cel­sius, Chivhu 36 de­grees Cel­sius, Maron­dera 34 de­grees Cel­sius and Vic­to­ria Falls 41 de­grees Cel­sius among other ar­eas.

He said tem­per­a­tures in Beit­bridge fell as the area was cloudy. Beit­bridge recorded a max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of 29 de­grees Cel­sius.

In a state­ment last Fri­day, the MSD urged mem­bers of the public to take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to pro­tect them­selves from the ad­verse weather con­di­tions.

“Peo­ple should drink lots of flu­ids, par­tic­u­larly wa­ter, avoid pro­longed stay in the sun, avoid out­door ac­tiv­i­ties be­tween 11:30AM and 3:00PM and pro­tect one­self from the sun by us­ing um­brel­las and wide­brimmed hats. The dan­ger is ex­tremely high for fires.

“While this is hap­pen­ing, a cloud band is ex­pected to start en­ter­ing the west­ern and south­ern ar­eas of the coun­try from Sun­day. This should cover much of the coun­try by Tues­day. 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,” said MSD.

The MSD also warned the public that the com­bi­na­tion of this mois­ture to­gether with heat could trig­ger vi­o­lent storms that may be ac­com­pa­nied by hail and dam­ag­ing winds.

Al­ready this month, the coun­try has had weath­er­re­lated dis­as­ters in some parts. These dis­as­ters are fore­cast to in­crease in fre­quency as the rain-bear­ing weather sys­tems be­come more or­gan­ised.

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