Met warns of ex­treme tem­per­a­tures

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

THE Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices De­part­ment (MSD) has warned the public of hot weather ex­pected to af­fect the whole coun­try start­ing yes­ter­day to to­day.

A wet spell is also ex­pected to start in the coun­try from to­mor­row on­wards.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the MSD said con­di­tions which are near record-break­ing high tem­per­a­tures both dur­ing the day and at night are fore­cast to range from 33 de­grees Cel­sius to 43 de­grees Cel­sius.

“The de­part­ment strongly ad­vises against ex­tended ex­po­sure to di­rect sun­light as there is lit­tle ozone to pro­tect the skin. The usual health-re­lated pro­tec­tion mea­sures should be max­imised.

“Some mois­ture is ex­pected to start en­ter­ing the coun­try from Tues­day (to­day) and should cover much of Zim­babwe by Wed­nes­day (to­mor­row). It is ex­pected how­ever, that although the en­su­ing rains and thun­der­storms should cover the whole coun­try, they will be gen­er­ally light,” said the de­part­ment.

The MSD said it was also im­por­tant to note that the com­bi­na­tion of this mois­ture to­gether with heat could trig­ger vi­o­lent storms, which are usu­ally ac­com­pa­nied by hail and dam­ag­ing winds.

“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, avoid pro­longed stay in the sun, pro­tect your­selves from the sun by us­ing um­brel­las and wide-brimmed hats.

“The dan­ger is ex­tremely high for run­away fires, so peo­ple should be care­ful. The de­part­ment will con­tinue mon­i­tor­ing the con­di­tions and up­date the public ac­cord­ingly.

“The de­part­ment also re­quests the public to pro­vide feed­back or in­for­ma­tion on dis­as­ters through Twit­ter, Face­book and What­sapp,” read the state­ment.

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