Met department explains rains
17 May 2018
The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has explained the rainfall spell that the country has experienced over the past two days.
MSD head of public weather services, Tich Zinyemba said climate change is behind the rains that are being experienced in the country.
This comes after the country continued to receive rains despite being in the winter season with Chipinge and Belvedere (Harare) recording 38mm and 26mm of rainfall respectively.
“Climate changes is the explanation to the rains that the country is receiving as it leads to not so normal weather conditions,” he said.
“The atmosphere is trying to change from summer to winter. We had a low pressure system in mid-level atmosphere causing instability. Low level moisture then moved into the country forcing moisture to rise leading to rainfall,” he said.
Zinyemba added that we are experiencing the same weather conditions as South Africa (Gauteng) and the wet spell started in the southern parts of Zimbabwe.
“The system has moved to Mashonaland Central, and Mashonaland East including Harare and Manicaland.
He added: “We are expecting the weather to improve. We are likely to have more sunshine from tomorrow but it will still be a bit cloudy in places.
“We are into winter but you may get occasional drizzles.”
The official MSD forecast stated that Zimbabwe is today (Thursday) expected to receive isolated showers in Mashonaland provinces.
According to the statement issued yesterday, Mashonaland East, West and Central provinces are set to receive isolated showers.
“It will be mostly sunny and warmer than of late, with isolated showers in all Mashonaland provinces,” reads part of the statement.
MSD also revealed that some parts of the country received morning rains and isolated thunderstorms.
“Early (yesterday) morning rain, coupled with isolated outbreaks of thunder occurred over Matabeleland South, southern areas of the Midlands, Masvingo Province and Manicaland.
“Notable rainfall figures measured yesterday were, Chipinge (27mm), Beitbridge (20mm), Chiredzi (16mm), and Chisumbanje (12mm).
“This moisture should be driven north-eastward into Mashonaland East, Harare Metropolitan Province and the northern parts of Manicaland were isolated light evening showers are expected.”