ZIMBABWE EVENING WEATHER REPORT AND FORECAST ISSUED AT 1600 HRS ON MONDAY 12 JULY 2021 VALID UNTIL WEDNESDAY 14 JULY 2021
Due to clear skies and cold night conditions, which prevailed throughout the whole country, slight ground frost occurred early this morning in some places such as Kezi, Gweru, Masvingo and Chipinge.
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By afternoon, it was mild and partly cloudy in provinces such as Harare Metropolitan, all Mashonaland, and northern parts of Midlands. The remaining parts of the country were mild and mostly sunny.
FORECAST FOR TOMORROW TUESDAY 13 JULY 2021
It should be cold with clear skies in the morning giving chances of ground frost in frost susceptible areas namely Masvingo, Gweru, Henderson, Marondera and Nyanga. In the afternoon, mild conditions with light winds are anticipated.
Very cold southerly airflow is expected into the country by the end of the day due to the high-pressure system which will be centred over southwestern parts of South Africa.
- 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