The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has told farmers and the nation at large to expect the current heavy downpours to continue particularly to the north of the watershed.
MSD advised farmers to harvest the water to boost irrigation activities during the winter cropping season. Met Department senior forecaster Mr. James Ngoma said there will be continuous rains in most parts of the country over the weekend.
Ngoma urged the public to avoid putting lives in danger by using roads during the downpours or cross any rivers or streams in flood. He said:
Localised heavy downpours are expected especially in areas to the north of the watershed because of a passing cloud band emanating from Botswana that was giving significant falls over the southern parts of the country as of Thursday into Friday.
The country is still expecting localised heavy downpours covering Matabeleland North into northern parts of Midlands, northern parts of Masvingo, Harare Metropolitan, most of Mashonaland provinces and parts of Manicaland.
We advise the public that it is safer to be indoors during these downpours.
Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union president Dr Shadreck Makombe said the heavy rains were of great use in the future especially during the winter cropping season. Makombe said:
We are encouraging farmers to make trenches, ridges and contours and direct the water to the fields. This will save costs of irrigation during the winter cropping season.
Those farmers who had not planted on their fields should plough to retain the moisture.
Winter ploughing will also retain moisture for use during the summer cropping season.
Most of the country’s dams and most reservoirs are now full to the brim while some are now overflowing.
Traditionally January, February and March experience higher rainfall than the first part of the season from October to December.