By Judith Akolo

NAIROBI, Nov 25 (NNN-KBC) — The Kenya Meteorological Service has warned the people to expect continuing heavy rainfall across the country during the visit of Pope Francis, who arrives here Wednesday evening.

In its latest seven-day forecast issued here Tuesday, the Kenya Meteorological Service said Nairobi County, which is expected to host the Pontiff beginning Wednesday through Friday will be wet.

In its forecast spanning the Nov 24 to 30 period, it added that Kenya’s central highlands, which include Nairobi County and the counties of Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu, and Tharaka, are expected to experience morning rains throughout the forecast period.

The forecast indicates that parts of the South East Lowlands, including the counties of Kitui, Makueni, Machakos and Taita Taveta, are expected to receive heavy rainfall of above 20 millimetres for more than 24 hours on Thursday. The South East Lowlands will receive morning rains during the rest of the forecast period.

According to the forecast, the northeastern counties of Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo are expected to receive heavy rainfall on Friday through Sunday which a could result in flooding in low lying areas and those with poor drainage, while landslides are likely on steep slopes.

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, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma and Busia are expected to experience heavy rainfall through the week.

The Weatherman announced a reprieve for the northwestern counties of Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu which had been experiencing rainstorms that recently displaced some 600 families in Leilata village of Samburu East sub-county.

The Coastal Strip counties of Mombasa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu and Kwale are expected to experience morning showers over few places with afternoon showers expected on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. — NNN-KBC