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Isolated thunderstorms expected along watershed

  • Isolated thundershowers are expected across the country, especially in areas along and north of the main watershed as the rainfall activity has been experienced in most areas since last seek.
The Meteorological Services Department yesterday confirmed that isolated thunderstorms were experienced in Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West and Harare Metropolitan provinces.
“All other provinces had rain and drizzle. The highest falls recorded were; 38mm (Chinhoyi), 14mm(Mvurwi) and 12mm (Chisengu),” said the department.
“On Saturday, widespread thunderstorms and rain yesterday into today, (Saturday to Sunday) resulting in notable falls: 56mm (Kutsaga and Tarisa Park in Ruwa), 54mm (Chisengu), 48mm (Kwekwe), 31mm (Kanyemba), 27mm (Buhera) and 26mm (Rusape),” said the Met Department.
The Met Department said the weather was expected to be mostly cloudy with warm conditions expected across the country with isolated thunderstorms, especially in northern parts of Matabeleland North and Midlands, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central and Harare Metropolitan provinces.
“Strong winds may blow-off roofs and damage property,” it said.
“While rainfall is expected in most areas, the spatial rainfall distribution is very poor. Lightning and hailstorms are a major risk during this period. Mosquitoes proliferate during this season. Cooler conditions may affect the health of certain individuals.
“Regularly check that roof tops are secured. Nails may become loose with time. Insure crops against adverse weather such as hailstorms. Persons in malaria prone areas should take necessary precautions (insecticide spraying, applying mosquito repellents, sleeping under mosquito nets.”
Meanwhile, farmers have taken advantage of the rains to intensify planting and replanting, while others are now applying fertilisers.
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