The late Wednesday afternoon rains in Nairobi's CBD may have caught many city residents unawares, but its a weather pattern that they may have to get used to in the coming days.
For the last two days, several parts of city have been receiving showers and if the recent report by the Meteorological department is anything to go by then Nairobians should be prepared for a rainy spell until the last week of December.
Nairobi has been listed among counties that will experience heavy rainfall for the next three months. Areas that will be highly affected, according to the weatherman, are Kabete, Dagoretti and Eastleigh.
As usual, matatu operators took advantage of Wednesday's showers to hike fares during the evening rush hour.
Long queues were witnessed at various bus termini within the city even as some commuters opted to wait until late in the night for the fares to go down.
Matatu operators along Githurai route blamed the fare increment on heavy traffic along Thika Superhighway occasioned by the rain.
Dan Kinyua, who was stranded at the bus terminal along Ronald Ngara Street, said he was forced to wait in the office until the rain completely stopped before he left.
"If it were not for the rain by this time I could be in the house," said Mr Kinyua.
Janet Nyarangi, who had to walk all the way to Bus station in open shoes, lamented the poor drainage within the city centre.
"I have walked all the way from Nairobi University and at times forced to walk inside water that is flowing on various parts of the road. I regret why I never put on closed shoes," she said.