Met Of­fice warns of heavy rains

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

THE Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices De­part­ment (MSD) has warned of heavy rains be­gin­ning to­mor­row (Fri­day) with a pos­si­bil­ity of flash flood­ing in some parts of the coun­try.

Thun­der­storms are ex­pected to be gen­er­ally light dur­ing this pe­riod with rain­fall in ex­cess of 50mm in 24 hours ex­pected in some ar­eas.

Head of MSD, Mr Tich Zinyemba, said a cloud band is ex­pected to start en­ter­ing Zim­babwe through Mata­bele­land prov­inces to­mor­row spread­ing east­wards into the coun­try.

“While this is hap­pen­ing, mois­ture is also fore­cast to en­ter eastern ar­eas of Zim­babwe from Zam­bia and Mozam­bique. The two cloud sys­tems should merge and cover the whole coun­try on Sun­day 27 Novem­ber 2016,” said Mr Zinyemba.

“At the same time pres­sure should be ris­ing off the Dur­ban coast in­creas­ing con­ver­gence across Zim­babwe”.

He said heavy rains were ex­pected in Masvingo, Man­i­ca­land and Mashona­land prov­inces.

“The Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices De­part­ment wishes to ad­vise the pub­lic that heavy rains are ex­pected to af­fect most of Mashona­land prov­inces, Man­i­ca­land province as well as north of Masvingo province on Satur­day 26 Novem­ber and Sun­day 27 Novem­ber 2016,” said Mr Zinyemba.

He said if these ex­pected weather pat­terns be­have as pre­dicted, then in­di­ca­tions are that there would be heavy down­pours that might lead to po­ten­tial flash flood­ing in Man­i­ca­land province as well as parts of Mashona­land East province.

“In gen­eral, how­ever, the rain and thun­der­storms are ex­pected coun­try­wide. Of note in par­tic­u­lar are the rains ex­pected in Man­i­ca­land province on Sun­day 27 Novem­ber that may cause po­ten­tial flash flood­ing.

“The De­part­ment an­tic­i­pates that falls in ex­cess of 50mm in 24 hours may oc­cur in these ar­eas. Else­where, the en­su­ing rains and thun­der­storms will how­ever be gen­er­ally light,” said Mr Zinyemba.

The coun­try has re­ceived vary­ing amounts of rain­fall in most parts of the coun­try in the past two weeks.

In Bulawayo, res­i­dents are pray­ing for more rains to avert the wa­ter cri­sis that has seen some sub­urbs go­ing for over five days with­out run­ning wa­ter.

Res­i­dents are re­ly­ing on com­mu­nity bore­holes and bowsers from coun­cil for clean wa­ter.

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