WEATHER OUTLOOK

Heavy rainfall to intensify over weekend in Rift Valley, Western

People in landslide prone areas have been asked to be on high alert.

In Summary

• The weatherman said that heavy rainfalls will be experienced from September 17-19.

• The rainfall is projected to reduce in intensity and coverage on Monday.

Vehicles wade through floodwater in Narok town after heavy rains
Vehicles wade through floodwater in Narok town after heavy rains
Image: KIPLANG'AT KIRUI

The ongoing rainfall in the Lake Basin, Highlands West of Rift Valley, the Central and South Rift Valley, parts of North-western, and parts of Highland east of Rift Valley is predicted to continue this week.

In an advisory released on Tuesday by the Kenya Meteorological Department, the heavy rainfalls will be experienced from September 17-19.

Heavy rainfall of more than 20mm in 24 hours is expected over Western and Central counties on Friday and is likely to intensify to more than 30 mm over Western region on Saturday and Sunday.

The weatherman said that the rainfall is projected to reduce in intensity and coverage on Monday.

The counties to be affected include Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Vihiga, Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Kakamega, Elgeyo Marakwet, Narok, Bomet, Kericho, Nakuru, Nyamira, Migori, Kisii, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Siaya, Busia, West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Baringo, Nyeri, Kiambu, Laikipia, Nyandarua, Murang’a, Embu, Meru, Kirinyaga and Tharaka Nithi.

Residents in the mentioned counties have been asked to be on the lookout for potential floods.

They have also been asked to avoid driving through or walking in moving waters or open fields and not to shelter under trees and near grilled windows in order to minimise exposure to lightning strikes.

People in landslide-prone areas have been asked to be on high alert.

Earlier, the department had predicted that several parts of the country will continue to experience generally sunny and dry conditions throughout September, the weatherman has said.