28 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Rainfall Activity Set to Decrease

The Meteorological Services Department yesterday said daily total rainfall activity will decrease in most parts of the country starting today until Sunday.

The department said isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms were expected to continue to today over Mashonaland, Harare and Manicaland provinces.

Senior meteorological officer Mr Jonathan Chifuna said isolated thunderstorm activity could not be ruled out in the remainder of the country over the period. Rainfall amounts in excess of 20mm in 24hours are expected in these areas.

"For Mashonaland, Harare and Manicaland provinces, mostly sunny conditions should prevail," said Mr Chifuna.

He said it is expected to be cool in the morning becoming hot to very hot by the day.

Last week, the country experienced a marked increase in thunderstorm activity. However, the rainfall amounts were mainly less than 10mm until Sunday November 25 when significant falls were recorded.

On Saturday Victoria Falls received 14mm while on Sunday Chipinge received 70mm, Mutare 67mm, Rusape 34mm, Bulawayo Airport 28mm, Warren Park 25mm and Bulawayo Goetz 21mm.

The MSD recommends the following during this period:

Drivers should not attempt to cross-flooded low-lying bridges.

People should not attempt to cross streams or rivers which are flooded.

Farmers who are into tobacco farming should make sure that their crop is insured for hail damage.

People should quickly move to higher ground if they notice that their area is becoming flooded.

Do not take shelter under trees during a thunderstorm to avoid being struck by lightning.

People should refrain from parking vehicles under big and old trees as the trees may fall down.

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