Brace for chilly weather, Kenyans warned

Kenyans will today have to brave chilly and wet conditions as they queue to cast their votes in the fresh presidential election. Kenya Meteorological Department director Peter Ambenje said the forecast shows that western and central regions should expect very wet conditions.

“Other parts that will be wet during the election period include the Coast, South Eastern and North Eastern parts of the country,” he said. Ambenje said some parts of Siaya, Kisumu, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kericho, Bomet, Bungoma and Busia counties are expected to experience morning and afternoon showers.

“The rains will be accompanied by thunder across several places tomorrow and the day after,” he said. The director, however, said the rainfall would be lighter in the North Western region, adding that Nairobi, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu, and Tharaka Nithi counties should expect cloudy mornings with light rains in raised-ground areas. The statement comes after recent heavy rainfall that has been witnessed across the country. Several areas have reported flooding, which has claimed lives and left thousands of families displaced.

In May, heavy rains led to flooding in the Coast claiming at least nine lives. Yesterday, Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) had warned motorists against using Kainuk bridge in Turkana after raging waters swept away a section of the bridge. The authority, however, says the bridge has since been restored and is fully operational.

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