Met Dept warns of vi­o­lent storms

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Elita Chik­wati Harare Bureau

THE Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices Depart­ment has said there is a high pos­si­bil­ity of vi­o­lent thun­der­storms coun­try­wide with ex­cess of 20 mil­lime­tres in 24 hours, from yes­ter­day to to­day.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the MSD said a cloud band started en­ter­ing Zim­babwe through Mata­bele­land prov­inces from Zam­bia and Botswana on Wed­nes­day and was ex­pected to have spread east­wards to cover the coun­try by yes­ter­day.

“Heavy down­pours in ex­cess of 20mm in 24 hours are likely on Thurs­day 22 and Fri­day 23 Novem­ber 2018,” said MSD. “The depart­ment, there­fore, ad­vises mem­bers of the pub­lic to take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to pro­tect them­selves from these ad­verse weather con­di­tions.”

MSD said high day­time tem­per­a­tures rang­ing from 34 de­grees Cel­sius to 40 de­grees Cel­sius are fore­cast and the re­sul­tant heat is likely to bring rain and scat­tered thun­der­storms that may be ac­com­pa­nied by hail, strong winds and light­ning.

“Stay in­doors dur­ing thun­der­storms, do not take shel­ter in iso­lated sheds or un­der trees and avoid park­ing cars un­der trees,” it said. “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 as it is not ev­ery­where.”

Zim­babwe is ex­pected to re­ceive nor­mal rains with a bias to­wards be­low nor­mal through­out the 2018/19 sea­son, ac­cord­ing to MSD.

The MSD said this im­plies the coun­try will re­ceive er­ratic rains dur­ing the 2018/19 sea­son.

Ac­cord­ing to the MSD, this sea­son, vi­o­lent storms, pro­longed dry spells, flash floods and trop­i­cal cy­clones can­not be ruled out as the sea­son pro­gresses.

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