MET warns of widespread rain showers with thunderstorms across the country

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) has warned that most areas in southern, central and northern regions will experience a wave of scattered to widespread rain showers with arrival of thunderstorms starting from the south on Monday 18 and to progress northwards for the rest of the week days.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Director of DCCMS, Jolamu Nkhokwe said the events will be locally heavy over the southern and central regions.

“This is due to the passage of Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone boosted by heating during sunny intervals and lifting of airflow over high ground.

A significant reduction of rainfall activities is expected to follow on Friday over the south,” he stated.

Nkhokwe said that expected rainfall events will cause localized disruption of outdoor activities across the country.

“People are therefore advised to continue taking preventive measures such as being indoors, avoid playing on an open ground, seeking shelter under trees, moving in rains and physical interaction with electrical appliances whenever thunderstorms occur within the vicinity to avoid being struck by lightning.

Motorists particularly on earth roads should slow down at the sign of rain as the road surfaces become more muddy and slippery due to loss of friction during and after rainfall. At night and morning hours, they should exercise caution due to reduced visibility caused by the occurrence of fog in prone areas,” Nkhokwe said.

Nkhokwe added that with climate change, disasters such as floods and dry spells which are caused due to heavy and lack of rainfall, respectively, are now becoming most frequent and wide-spread in the country.

“The public is thus encouraged to plant and manage more trees to enhance reduction of future disasters and preserve soil. The grown trees will later act as wind breaks during strong winds. Also, the trees will help in bringing more rain by adding more moisture to the already existing moisture in the atmosphere,” he added.

Meanwhile, DCCMS is closely monitoring weather developments including tropical cyclone formation in the Indian Ocean which can directly or indirectly affect weather over the country.

 

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