• There might be some little sun, followed by showers in a few places in the afternoon and night
• The weather report shows the chilly weather experienced this week in many parts of Kenya will thaw and it will get warmer countrywide from Wednesday until the end of the week.
Kenyans travelling for Madaraka Day celebrations may need to wear warm clothes and probably carry an umbrella, just in case.
The celebrations will be held in Embu, which will wake up to cloudy and dull weather on Thursday.
There might be some little sun, followed by showers in a few places in the afternoon and night, Dr David Gikungu, head of the meteorological department reported.
This weather will also be experienced in Nairobi, and the countries neighbouring Embu that President William Ruto and Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua will tour to open some projects after the celebrations.
The weather report shows the chilly weather experienced this week in many parts of Kenya will thaw and it will get warmer countrywide from Wednesday until the end of the week.
Areas around Lake Victoria and western Kenya will wake up to a sunny morning on Madaraka Day, but many of those places will slide into showers in the afternoon.
“Rainfall is expected to continue over some parts of the highlands east and west of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, the Rift Valley and the Coast. The rest of the country is likely to be generally dry,” Dr Gikungu said in a five-day forecast ending on Saturday.
A few places in the coastal strip will also have rains throughout this week.
While northeastern Kenya will not have rains, the weather will be more bearable with temperatures dropping to 35 degrees in Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo counties.
The weather department is also expected to release a longer forecast covering the next three months this week.
The much-awaited forecast will also assuage fears about the impacts of El Nino, which is still developing.
Kenya expects El Nino to bring increased rainfall in October, a welcome from the past four dry years.
The Food and Agriculture Organization attributed the dry weather to climate change, urging Kenyans to restore the environment to effectively address its impacts.
“To address climate change through land governance, there is a need for sustainable land management and land use planning,” FAO Kenya deputy representative Williams Hamisi said.
He said the measures should be supported by policies and legislation.
Hamisi spoke during a two-day second regional research conference, whose theme was ‘Responding to climate change through land governance in the region’, at the Kenya School of Government.
The conference was organised by the National Research Fund, the University of Nairobi, the Environment, Climate Change and Forestry ministry and the National Land Commission.
Hamisi said there is a need to address the impacts of climate to enhance food security, eradicate poverty and attain the Sustainable Development Goals.
SDGs are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals to transform the world.
They were agreed on by 193 countries in September 2015.
The 17 goals aim to address climate change and poverty and improve education, health and economic growth.
United Nations describes the SDGs as seeking to “protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere”.