The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has issued the following weather forecast and warned residents of Mashonaland East and West, Midlands, Matebeleland North, Harare, and Bulawayo to expect thunderstorms between today and Saturday 30 January 2021.
Said the MSD in a statement:
ZIMBABWE EVENING WEATHER REPORT AND FORECAST ISSUED AT 1600 HRS ON THURSDAY 28 JANUARY 2021 VALID UNTIL SATURDAY 30 JANUARY 2021.
Scattered thmiderstorms and rain occurred countrywide with significant falls over Belvedere (18mmm), Rusape (11mm), Logan Park (9mm) and Masvingo (9mm). Meanwhile the atmosphere continues to be moist hence:
FORECAST FOR TOMORROW FRIDAY 29 JANUARY 2021
It should be mostly cloudy with afternoon and evening thundentornis in Bulawayo Metropolitan, Matabeleland North, Mashonaland East, northern areas of Midlands, Harare Metropolitan into Mashonaland West Province. The rest of the country (Matabeleland South, southern parts of Midlands, Massing°, and Central into )Ianicaland) is expected to be partly cloudy with isolated showers which could be thundery in places.
ACTIONS TO TAKE
- Flooded rivers remain a potential hazard: even if it has not rained heavily in the area. heavy rains may have occurred upstream.
- Heavy downpours may reduce visibility and flood dangers become difficult to perceive during heavy rains
- Destructive winds may result in trees falling and blown-off of roof tops.
- When Thunder Roars, it is best to be indoon! Do not shelter under trees or in isolated sheds
- Avoid crossing flooded rivers and swollen streams whether on foot or in a vehicle.
- Keep away from metal equipment and pipes. as these are prone to lightning strikes.
- Do not ride at the back of an open truck or drive a tractor during a storm,
- Avoid driving when visibility is poor, more so at night and during heavy rains.
- Ensure rooftops are strongly secured and intact as the potential of wind gust is high.
- Stay Weather-Ready and Enviromnent-Safe.