Very Low Temperatures Expected in Parts of Kenya
By Gift Briton
In the next seven days, very low temperatures of up to 5 degrees Celsius are expected at night within Nairobi, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu and Tharaka-Nithi counties, according to Kenya Meteorological Department(KMD) weekly forecast.
The organization notes that cloudy mornings with occasional light rainfall (below 5mm), giving way to sunny intervals is expected over few places of the above mentioned areas. Furthermore, occasional afternoon and night showers are also expected over few places.
However, KMD predicts that dry condition is likely to continue in most parts of the country with few areas in the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Coast, the Highlands East of the Rift Valley and North-western Kenya likely to receive light to moderate rainfall.
In addition, moderate daytime maximum temperatures (20-35 degrees Celsius) are expected over most parts of the country whereas night time minimum temperatures are likely to be low (less than 15 degrees Celsius) over several places.
KMD also warns against the expected strong southerly winds with speeds exceeding 12.9m/s that is likely to occur over the Coast, the South-eastern lowlands and North-eastern Kenya.
Consequently, intermittent cold and cloudy conditions are expected over the Highlands East of the Rift Valley as well as over some parts of the Southeastern lowlands, the Highlands West of the Rift Valley and the Central and South Rift Valley.
Meanwhile, most parts of the country were generally dry in the last seven days. However, according to the organization, rainfall was recorded in some parts of the Highlands West of the Rift Valley, the Lake Victoria Basin, the Highlands East of the Rift Valley and the Coast.
After comparing the previous review period (20-26 June 2022) to the current review period (27 June-3 July 2022), KMD noted that there was a decrease in rainfall amounts over the North Rift Valley and an increase over the Coast.
Similarly, both daytime maximum and night time minimum temperatures decreased over several parts of the country. According to KMD, Mandera recorded the highest daily maximum temperature of 35.5 degrees Celsius on 28 June 2022 while recorded the lowest daily minimum temperature of 5.7 degrees Celsius on 29 June 2022.