The Meteorological Services Department (MSD), in conjunction with the Department of Civil Protection, has advised members of the public to prepare for a cold weekend ahead.
In its weather report and forecast issued on Wednesday afternoon, the MSD said farmers should put measures in place to protect their poultry while the elderly and young children should also be protected from the cold especially in the morning and towards evening. It said:
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Low temperatures, especially in the early hours of the morning and towards evening 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… prepare for a cold weekend ahead.
Meanwhile, on Thursday (tomorrow), brief cloudy periods are expected in Manicaland, western parts of Masvingo and Mashonaland East Provinces with cold morning conditions, becoming mild later.
All other areas (Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South, Bulawayo Metropolitan, Midlands, Harare Metropolitan as well as Mashonaland Central and West Provinces) should be mostly sunny and warm, though cold both morning and evening. Slight ground frost is probable in frost-prone areas.
The MSD said on Friday, scattered clouds are expected in districts such as Beitbridge, Chiredzi and Mwenezi into Chipinge, becoming progressively cloudy and spreading to cover the provinces such as Masvingo, Manicaland and Matabeleland South towards evening. Cold at first, becoming mild and windy by afternoon.
Clear skies should be predominant in all other areas (Matabeleland North, Bulawayo Metropolitan, Midlands, Harare Metropolitan and all Mashonaland Provinces), cold at first becoming warm by afternoon, the MSD added.
Today, Wednesday 11 August 2021, cloudy and windy conditions were experienced in the morning in Matabeleland South, southern areas of Midlands, Masvingo and Manicaland Provinces, with light drizzle in areas such as Chipinge, Masvingo and Rusape. At the same time, ground frost occurred at Matopos, Gweru, Mhondoro and Henderson.