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Enhanced rainfall expected over Ukambani

THE Director of Meteorological Services Stella Aura has said that there will be enhanced rains expected over the highlands West of Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, Central and South Rift Valley, the North West, the Highlands East of the Rift Valley (including Nairobi County) and the South-eastern lowlands.

Mr John Musembi in his farm in Itivanzou village, Mwingi North Constituency, Kitui County on January 11, 2022. Kenya Meteorological Department says that Ukambani region will receive enhanced rains from March. Photo/MUSYOKA NGUI

Ukambani Counties are located in the South-eastern lowlands. This month has witnessed high temperatures in Kitui County with Mwingi region recording up to 32 degrees Celsius. Tseikuru recorded a high of 34 degrees celcius. This was during the afternoon period of 12pm to 2pm. This has been forecast to continue.

Kenya Meteorological Department, KMD says all Ukambani Counties and most of the country will experience warmer than average temperature. This excludes the Lake Victoria region.

The Meteorological Department forecasts near average rainfall over the North Eastern and the Coastal regions.

Most parts of the country received below average rains from October to December 2021. This was characterised with delay of start of seasonal rains.

“The distribution of the short rains was uneven spatially across the country and the temporal distribution was poor”, says the Met Department in a report obtained by Mwingi Times.

It forecasts that the South-eastern Lowlands (Kajiado, Kitui, Makueni, Machakos and parts of Tana River and Taita Taveta) will received near to slightly above the long-term average amounts for the March-April-May- season.


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