By Joyce Mukucha
As the month of February begins, heavy downpours are anticipated starting off in the south-west and spreading north-eastward to cover much of the country, the Meteorological Service Department has revealed.
The department advised the public to be vigilant of their immediate environment as flash-flooding is probable in low lying areas and wetlands.
In a statement issued on Sunday, MSD head of forecast James Ngoma highlighted that heavy rains of up to 30mm within 24 hours across the country beginning Monday were anticipated.
“Thunderstorms coupled with strong winds are expected to pound much of the country, with the probability of flash floods very high.
“From the prevailing predominantly north-easterly airflow, a sharp shift in wind regimes is expected late tomorrow afternoon.”
The department indicated that this should see more moisture being driven into the south-western part of the country as south-westerly winds begin to strengthen and later veer into south-easterlies.
Heavy rains (in excess of 30mm) are expected almost countrywide with scattered thunderstorms coupled with strong winds expected along and to the north of the main watershed in areas such as Matabeleland North, northern parts of the Midlands, northern areas of Manicaland, Harare, and Bulawayo Metropolitan as well as all Mashonaland provinces.
“Morning rain is forecast for provinces such as Matabeleland South, Masvingo, and southern areas of Manicaland. It should be mostly cloudy and slightly cooler than of late. Please take due precaution and always monitor your immediate environment.”