WEATHER UPDATE

July will be wetter than usual

Month marks the peak of the cold season.

In Summary
  • Expected total rainfall is likely to be near to above the long-term average for this month.
  • Occasional cool and cloudy conditions with light morning rains/drizzles are likely to be observed in the central highlands
Rumuruti-Nyahururu road covered in ice, July 4, 2017.
Rumuruti-Nyahururu road covered in ice, July 4, 2017.
Image: COURTESY

Expect some rain this month, the Met has said. 

The weather outlook for July 2020 released on Thursday indicated that there will be occasional rainfall.

July marks the peak of the cold season, but the expected total rainfall is likely to be near to above the long-term average for this month, said Stella Aura, Kenya Meteorological Department director. 

Counties in the Lake Victoria Basin, highlands west of the Rift Valley, north, central and southern Rift Valley, northern coastal strip as well as the northwestern parts of the country are likely to experience enhanced rainfall.

They include Baringo, Bomet, Bungoma, Busia, Elgeyo Marakwet, Homa Bay, Kericho, Kisii, Kisumu, Kakamega, Laikipia, Migori, Nakuru, Nandi, Narok, Nyamira, Siaya, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu and Vihiga.

The southern coastal strip is likely to receive near-normal rainfall with a tendency to depressed rainfall.

“Cool/cold and cloudy/foggy conditions with occasional light rains/drizzles are expected to prevail over the central highlands, Nairobi county and the central and south Rift Valley," states the forecast.

"Near-average to above-average rainfall is likely to be recorded over the highlands west of the Rift valley, north, central and southern Rift Valley, parts of central highlands, northern coastal strip as well as the northwestern parts of the country.

"The southern coastal strip is, however, likely to experience below-average rainfall while the southeastern and northeastern counties are likely to remain generally sunny and dry.”

Occasional cool and cloudy conditions with light morning rains/drizzles are likely to be observed in the central highlands (including Nairobi county) and some parts of the highlands west, central and south of the Rift Valley.

The first week of the month is likely to be sunny and dry in the northwestern counties of Turkana, West Pokot, and Samburu and occasional rainfall is expected from the second week of the month.

Aura said the expected enhanced rainfall in the Lake Victoria Basin, highlands west, north, central and south of the Rift Valley is likely to provide sufficient soil moisture to sustain agricultural production.

 

Mombasa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu, Kwale counties are expected to receive occasional depressed rains during the month, especially from the second week.

Nairobi, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang'a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu and Tharaka Nithi counties are expected to experience occasional cool and cloudy conditions with occasional light morning rains/drizzles.

Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Taita Taveta, parts of Kajiado, Mandera, Marsabit, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo are likely to remain generally sunny and dry. Occasional cool and cloudy conditions are however likely to occur over some counties, especially those bordering the central highlands.

Edited by Josephine M. Mayuya