WEATHER FORECAST

Several parts of Kenya to continue receiving rains — Met

Rains expected over several parts of the Rift Valley and the Lake Victoria Basin.

In Summary

• In a forecast for October 12-18, the Met Department said several parts of the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, the Central and South Rift Valley are likely to continue receiving rainfall.

• But Met noted that the rest of the country is expected to be generally sunny and dry.

A pedestrian uses a carton to shield herself from the rain in Nairobi.
A pedestrian uses a carton to shield herself from the rain in Nairobi.
Image: VICTOR IMBOTO

Several parts of the country will continue receiving rainfall in the coming week, the Kenya Meteorological Department has said.

In a forecast for October 12-18, the Met Department said several parts of the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, the Central and South Rift Valley are likely to continue receiving rainfall.

"Isolated storms are expected over some parts of these regions," Met said.

But it noted that the rest of the country is expected to be generally sunny and dry.

"... though occasional showers are likely to occur over few areas in the Highlands East of the Rift Valley including Nairobi," the weatherman said.

Occasional cloudiness is expected over some parts of the Highlands East of the Rift Valley including Nairobi.

The department said strong southerly to south-easterly winds with speeds exceeding 25 knots (12.9 m/s) are expected over some parts of the Coast, the South-eastern lowlands, North Western and Eastern as well.

Last week, Met said rainfall from October to December will be dramatically less than usual as the drought worsens.

A climate occurrence bringing dry weather to Kenya appears to have taken hold.

The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), which is in a negative phase for the first time in five years, is expected to drastically reduce the rainfall.

The latest forecast for October predicts most parts of the country will receive below-average rains, with Northeastern Kenya likely to be the worst hit.

Temperatures in the  Indian Ocean near eastern Africa usually oscillate between cold and warm. This year, the sea temperatures in the eastern region are cooler than usual.

The result is expected to be below-average rainfall in eastern Africa and heavy rains in Southeast Asia and Australia.

Edited by D Tarus