Zimbabwe records hottest temperatures ever

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ZIMBABWE is currently experiencing rains and thunderstorms in some parts of the country due to a transient cloud band that has been moving from the western parts towards the east, the Meteorological Services Department (Met Department) has said.

BY WONAI MASVINGISE

Met Department’s head of public weather services Tichaona Zinyemba told NewsDay yesterday that the rainstorms were likely to subside after tomorrow.

“A cloud system moving from western Zimbabwe to the eastern parts of the country has been causing this band of disturbed weather the country is experiencing. The cloud system is transient. It has been moving since yesterday (Sunday) and it will be around Mashonaland Central and Manicaland tomorrow.

This is what has been causing rains and thunderstorms,” Zinyemba said.

A statement released by the Met Department director Amos Makarau indicated that the past week had the highest ever recorded daytime temperatures.

This coupled with the band of disturbed weather caused a drop in temperature leading to thunderstorms.

“Zimbabwe experienced some of the highest ever recorded daytime temperatures in the past week. The highest were on 27 and 28 September 2013 mostly in the southern areas of the country. Most notably, Chiredzi recorded 43°C, Zaka 41°C, Lupane 39°C, Masvingo 38°C and Kwekwe 37°C,” reads the statement.

“On Sunday 29 September 2013, temperatures started falling in Masvingo, Midlands, Matabeleland South and Manicaland as a band of disturbed weather moved into the country. As a consequence, some thunderstorms occurred. As at 8:00am this morning (yesterday), the following Meteorological Stations measured significant rainfall amounts: Chipinge, 43mm; Mukandi, 27mm; Chiredzi, 14mm; Makoholi, Nkayi and Kwekwe all measured 11mm; Buhera, 10mm; Lupane, 8mm and Zaka 7mm.”

Makarau said by tomorrow, the current rains being experienced should have subsided.

“Expectations are that by Wednesday 2 October 2013, the weather systems responsible for the current cloudy and rainy weather should have weakened considerably, paving the way for much warmer and less cloudy weather. This, however, appears temporary as another cloud band is forecast to cover Zimbabwe from Saturday 5 October onwards, leading to another wet spell with more rain over Zimbabwe,” Makarau said.

6 COMMENTS

  1. it never rains but pours for zimbabwe breaking many records for the bad reasons,highest temperatures ever,the oldest leader ever and the most rigged election ever!

  2. Let’s have comparative figures with other years rather than the present if you write a story make sure you have done your home work to show that you know your subject.

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