Rainy sea­son to be­gin next week: Met Of­fice

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

THE Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment (MSD) has pre­dicted that the rainy sea­son will be­gin next week with hot tem­per­a­tures ex­pected to con­tinue.

Iso­lated and light show­ers that have been ex­pe­ri­enced in some parts of Zim­babwe are ex­pected to con­tinue through­out the coun­try.

“The per­sis­tence of mois­ture is in prepa­ra­tion for the on­set of the main rains due early Novem­ber. High tem­per­a­tures mean high rates of evap­o­ra­tion. There­fore, any rains that have been or are fall­ing have been or are quickly evap­o­rat­ing,” said MSD chief fore­caster Mr Tich Zinyemba.

“Thun­der­storm ac­tiv­ity should con­tinue in all Mashona­land Prov­inces, Mata­bele­land North prov­ince and north­ern dis­tricts of Man­i­ca­land prov­ince. For the rest of the coun­try, it should be hot, hu­mid and hazy. As of now, any show­ers should be very iso­lated and light.”

He said the coun­try is cur­rently un­der a hot to very hot and rel­a­tively moist weather. “This is caus­ing thun­der­storm ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing for the first time this sea­son in all the three Mashona­land Prov­inces as well as Man­i­ca­land,” said Mr Zinyemba.

“As is ex­pected for Oc­to­ber, the rain­fall amounts are gen­er­ally light (less than 10mm). De­spite this, there are re­ports of hail and strong winds in some ar­eas, in­clud­ing Harare and Chi­tung­wiza. This sce­nario is fore­cast to con­tinue for most of this week.”

He said of con­cern are the dam­ag­ing winds and hail that is char­ac­ter­is­tic of this pe­riod. — @Aux­il­iaK

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