ZIMBABWE EVENING WEATHER REPORT AND FORECAST ISSUED AT 1600 HRS ON SUNDAY 11 JULY 2021 VALID UNTIL TUESDAY 13 JULY 2021.
Frosty morning conditions were experienced in most areas along the southern escarpment of the Highveld; with ground frost at Chipinge, Gweru, Kezi, Masvingo, Marondera, Matopos, Rusape, Wedza and West Nicholson; as well as Lupane, Harare, Henderson and Nyanga. Due to the windy conditions, it was cool and sunny throughout the day.
Meanwhile, winds are slowly shifting from cooler south-easterlies to relatively warmer north-easterlies.
FORECAST FOR TOMORROW MONDAY 12 JULY 2021
Mostly clear skies and mild afternoon conditions. However, morning and evening are expected to be cold.
The prospects of ground frost are high in the morning along the central watershed and in the Eastern Highlands, especially in wind-sheltered places especially in and around Bulawayo, Chivhu, Gweru, Harare, Henderson, Nyanga, Mukandi, Marondera, Wedza, Belvedere, Masvingo and Matopos.
- Ground frost is a potential threat to crops such as Beans, Maize, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Melons, Okra, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Rosemary, Squash, Sweet Potatoes and Tomatoes.
- Low temperatures, especially in the early hours of the morning have negative impacts on poultry.
- Cold conditions overnight negatively impact vulnerable persons (e.g. the very young, elderly or ill), with abrupt falls in temperatures increasing the risk of respiratory illnesses such as coughs and colds as well as asthma attacks. NB: sharp changes in daytime conditions are projected later this week.
ACTIONS TO TAKE
- To try and minimise frost occurrence, overhead irrigation in the late evenings or early morning hours (before sunrise) is recommended.
- For better advice, please contact your local Agritex Officer.
- Closely monitor the temperatures within fowl-runs and adjust accordingly.
- Keep warm by wearing appropriate winter attire, where possible stay indoors.
- Ensure that vulnerable members of society are kept warm, especially overnight.
- Avoid brazier or open fire to keep warm, in an unventilated room to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Always consult a local certified health practitioner for better advice on respiratory problems (e.g. dry coughs, colds and flu or asthma).
- COVID is still a potential threat, stay safe, mask up, get vaccinated.
WEATHER FORECAST TUESDAY 13 JULY 2021
Chilly morning conditions are expected, with a slight ground frost in frost-prone areas. It should be mild by day with sunny conditions prevailing.
However, cold conditions are anticipated towards evening with windy conditions in provinces such as Masvingo, Manicaland and Matabeleland South.
PRODUCED BY: The Meteorological Services Department IN CONJUNCTION WITH the Department of Civil Protection.