The Meteorological Services Department of Zimbabwe (MSD) has reported that rainfall is greatly reducing as we enter the weekend [Friday 27 & Saturday 28 January], but it shall return soon. In a weather update seen by Pindula News, the MSD said Briefly cloudy and warm conditions with isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms are expected in some parts of the country on Friday. Reads the weather update:
ZIMBABWE EVENING WEATHER REPORT AND FORECAST ISSUED AT 1600 HRS THURSDAY 26 JANUARY 2023 VALID UNTIL SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2023.
Moisture from the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) over the northern parts of the country resulted in isolated thunderstorms in Matebeleland North, northern parts of Midlands Harare Metropolitan, Manicaland and all Mashonaland Provinces, with localised heavier falls at Henderson (70mm), Karoi (53mm), Kariba (47mm) and Kanyemba (44mm). Today, Bulawayo Metropolitan, southern parts of Midlands, Matabeleland South and Masvingo Provinces, were mild and the clouds were rapidly dissipating as moisture was being drawn away from Zimbabwe by Tropical Cyclone Cheneso [more than 1’000 km away, and heading further southward along the west coast of Madagascar].
FORECAST FOR TOMORROW, FRIDAY 27 JANUARY 2023
Briefly cloudy and warm conditions with isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms are expected over northern parts of Matabeleland North, extreme northern areas of Midlands (Gokwe North), Harare Metropolitan, northern parts of Manicaland and all Mashonaland Provinces. Localised downpours remain probable. Matabeleland South, Masvingo, Manicaland, southern parts of Mashonaland East, much of Midlands (Gokwe South to Zvishavane), Bulawayo Metropolitan and southern areas of Matabeleland North Provinces should be mostly sunny and warm, though mild both morning and evening.
• Sunshine increases the rate of evaporation and dehydration.
• Flooded rivers remain a potential hazard; even if it has not rained heavily in the area, heavy rains may have occurred upstream.
• Lightning is a major threat during this part of the year, being inherent in thunderstorms.
ACTIONS TO TAKE
• Keep hydrated and irrigate where necessary.
• Avoid crossing rivers or streams of unknown depth; even if it has not rained heavily in the area, it might have done so upstream. 30cm depth of fast-flowing water can sweep away large vehicles.
• When thunder roars, go indoors. Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after the thunderstorms have ended. These are precautionary measures to reduce the chances of being struck by lightning.
• Do not ride in the back of an open vehicle or ox-drawn cart during a thunderstorm.
WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2023
It should be briefly cloudy and warm in Matebeleland North, northern parts of Midlands, Harare Metropolitan and all Mashonaland Provinces: light showers remain probable, especially along the Zambezi Valley (northern parts of Matabeleland North, and Provinces). Matabeleland South, Masvingo, Manicaland, southern parts of Mashonaland East, much of Midlands (Gokwe South to Zvishavane), Bulawayo Metropolitan and southern areas of Matabeleland North Provinces are anticipated to be mostly sunny and warm, though mild both morning and evening.
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