By: Vincent Gunde
Pic: ….more rains continues in the country…
The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining says as from Sunday, 19th January to Wednesday 22nd January, 2020, most of the southern areas of the country are likely to experience heavy widespread rains associated with thunderstorms, strong winds and fog.
The Department says the heavy rains will be due to the passage of an Inter – Tropical Convergence Zone ( ITCZ) starting from the south to central and the northern areas with a deep low pressure system revolving around the Mozambique channel intensifying the rains over the south as it extends its influence over the country.
It says most areas in the centre and north of the country are likely to experience isolated to scattered rains to be locally heavy associated with fog due to influence of Congo air mass and Inter Tropical Convergence Zone enhanced by the thermal heating and orographic lifting effects over high ground.
This is contained in a statement on weekly weather updates issued by the Director of the Department, Jolamu Nkhokwe.
The Department says as from Thursday 23rd January to Sunday 26th January, 2020, most areas in the centre of the country will experience a significant reduction in rainfall activities due to an influx of cool and heavy south easterly airflow pumped from a very deep low pressure system in the Mozambique channel and also from a high pressure system over south east of South Africa.
……..most of central and northern areas of the country are likely to experience scattered to widespread thunderstorms due to the presence of inter tropical convergence zone…..reads the statement in part.
The Department says as some parts of the country will be experiencing thunderstorms associated with locally heavy downpours, hail, lightning and strong winds, the general public is being advised to take precautionary measures such being in doors or vehicles whenever thunderstorms occur within the vicinity to avoid being struck by lightning, or being harmed by flying objects blown off from weak structures.
The public is also advised to stay off corded phones, not touch electrical equipment or cords, stay away from windows and doors, not swim or fish, stay at a low spot away from trees, metal fences, pipes, tall and long objects during thunderstorms.
The Department is encouraging the general public to take advantage of any rains to carry out rainwater harvesting to be used for irrigation when there is a mid – season drought and to even prevent flooding.
It says tree planting and management should continue to enhance reduction of future catastrophic floods, storage of soil moisture and to act as wind breaks during strong winds.
Meanwhile, the Department is closely monitoring weather developments including tropical cyclone formation in the south west Indian ocean and in the Mozambique channel.