The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has said the almost all provinces will experience evening thunderstorms except for parts of Midlands and Matebeleland South. This was contained in an update that stated that:
ZIMBABWE EVENING WEATHER REPORT AND FORECAST ISSUED AT 1600 HRS ON THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2021 VALID UNTIL SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2021.
The moist and unstable conditions affecting the country resulted in scattered thunderstorms and rain with the following notable rainfall figures measured at our meteorological stations this morning: 33mm (Chinhoyi), 31mm (Mukandi), 26mm (Chipinge), 23mm (Guruve) and 21mm(Zvishavane)
FORECAST FOR TOMORROW FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2021
Matabeleland North Province, Bulawayo Metropolitan Province, northern areas of Midlands Province, all Mashonaland Provinces, Harare Metropolitan Province, Manicaland Province and Masvingo Province should be cloudy with scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms. The remainder of the country (southern areas of Midlands, and Matabeleland South Provinces) is expected to be mostly smug and warm with isolated thunderstorms
- There is heightened risk for lightning strikes
- Flooded rivers remain a potential hazard: even if it has not rained heavily in the area, heavy rains may have occurred upstream. Flash flooding may occtr especially in wetlands and near river plains.
- Heavy downpours may reduce visibility and flood dangers become difficult to perceive during heavy rains
ACTIONS TO TAKE
- The sunny morning skies may allow a few outdoor activities such as weeding, applying fertilizers or even hanging laundry, but remember: when Thunder Roars, it is best to be indoors!
- Try to avoid isolated sited, trees, and even the kitchen area especially in rural setting. These are usually prone to lightning strikes. Stay Weather-Ready and Environment-Safe.
- 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 (fortunately, curfew hours cover the bulk of this period under current lockdown measures.)
- Ensure rooftops are strongly secured and intact as the potential of wind gust is high.