KENYANS TOLD TO EXPECT RAIN TO CONTINUE

By Judith Akolo

NAIROBI, Dec 16 (NNN-KBC) — The Kenya Meteorological Service says the rainfall being experienced since last weekend is set to continue with a reduction in intensity towards the end of this week.

In its latest seven-day forecast issued here Tuesday, it said the rainfall which had intensified after a one-week lull at the beginning of December could possibly lead to flooding in low-lying areas of the country.

“Rains are expected to continue over several parts of the country, with reduced intensities towards the end of the forecast period,” said Director of Meteorological Services James Kongoti. “There is still A risk of flooding over low-lying areas and those with poor drainage.”

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said recently that a majority of international climate outlook models had indicated that the strong and mature El Niño weather phenomenon was continuing in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

Kongoti also warned of landslides on steep slopes saying that the soaked soil could give way and cause harm.

The Central Highlands, including Nairobi city and the counties of Nairobi, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu, and Tharaka, are expected to experience morning rains and evening showers from Tuesday to Saturday.

The Coastal Strip, including the counties of Mombasa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu and Kwale, are expected to experience morning showers over several places from Wednesday to Friday.

The Lake Victoria Basin, Highlands west of the Rift Valley, Central and South Rift Valley, including the counties of Siaya, Kisumu, Homabay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Transnzoia, Baringo, Uasingishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Narok, Laikipia, Nakuru, KajiadoKericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma and Busia are expected to experience showers and thunderstorms.

The northwestern counties of Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu are expected to experience sunny intervals the whole of Wednesday and Thursday but may experience rain the rest of the week.

The northeastern counties of Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo are expected to receive rainfall throughout the week except Friday and Saturday while the southeastern counties of Kitui, Makueni, Machakos and Taita Taveta are expected to experience morning rain between Tuesday and Saturday. — NNN-KBC