Thirsty Kenya awaits expected rains with bated breath

Seth Onyango @SethManex

Nairobi and other parts of the country are set to receive intermittent rainfall starting today in what offers temporary relief to Kenyans from the sweltering heat. Forecasters predicted that heavy rainfall of more than 50mm will pound the capital and several counties in Western, Rift Valley, Nyanza and Central and is likely to continue through to Friday.

This is, however, not the proper onset of the expected March-May rainfall season that will allow farmers to start tilling their land. Kenya Meteorological Department has cautioned city residents of potential flash floods especially in towns that are synonymous with flooding.

“On Saturday counties in Western, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Central and Southeastern lowlands are expected to continue receiving heavy rainfall in the afternoon,” a forecast by the Met department said.

The rainfall is expected to reduce in intensity over the Eastern, Coast and Northern regions but moderate rainfall will continue over the rest of the country. Counties that will face heavy pounding are Kisii, Kericho, Bomet, Narok, Migori, Kakamega, Kajiado, Nakuru, Kwale, Marsabit, Turkana and Samburu.

Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kitui, Machakos, Makueni and TaitaTaveta will also benefit from the showers which come after weeks of scorching sun. The distribution of March to May 2018 seasonal rainfall, both in time and space, is expected to be generally poor over most parts of the country.

This will be more so over the eastern sector and in particular the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs). The predicted onsets, cessation and distribution of rainfall were derived from statistical analysis of past years, which exhibited similar characteristics to the current year. The forecast indicates that much of the country and especially most of the eastern sector is likely to experience generally depressed rainfall.

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