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MSD forecasts heavier rainfall in Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter
12 Dec 2023 at 00:47hrs | Views
The Zimbabwe Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has predicted increased rainfall in certain regions of the country on Tuesday.

In an evening weather report and forecast, the MSD revealed that thundershowers were prevalent in most provinces on Monday, excluding Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland East. The southern half experienced substantial rainfall, with measurements of 76mm in Gweru, 32mm in Buffalo Range, 31mm at Mutare Fire Station, 26mm at Chisengu Met Office, 23mm in Zvishavane, and 21mm in Bulawayo.

For Tuesday, lighter thundershowers are expected in Matebeleland provinces, Bulawayo Metropolitan, Midlands, Mashonaland West, and certain parts of Mashonaland Central. Heavier rainfall is anticipated in Mashonaland East, Manicaland, and Masvingo provinces. It's crucial to note that high temperatures can lead to dehydration and associated illnesses, while fluctuating temperatures between night and day may cause health issues like colds, influenza, fever, and asthma. Lightning poses a risk to humans, livestock, and infrastructure.

To mitigate these risks, it is recommended to stay hydrated, extinguish open fires, keep warm at night, avoid prolonged sun exposure, and have necessary medication for respiratory illnesses readily available. During thunderstorms, it is safest to stay indoors, as lightning can strike from a distance.

On Wednesday, most Matebeleland provinces, Bulawayo Metropolitan, Midlands, Masvingo, Mashonaland West, and parts of Mashonaland Central are expected to experience initially sunny and mild weather, later becoming cloudy with scattered afternoon thundershowers. Heavier rainfall may occur in Manicaland and Mashonaland East provinces compared to other regions.

Source - pindula
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