Thunder showers to continue

A woman caught in a storm walks in the rain in this file photo

A woman caught in a storm walks in the rain in this file photo

Samantha Chigogo Harare Bureau
The thunder showers hitting most parts of the country will continue for this week and farmers should seek advice from agricultural extension officers in their areas, the Meteorological Services Department (MSD) said yesterday.

This comes as the department announced that the 2015-2016 national cloud seeding programme had started and two aircraft would be used to enhance rainfall.

Most parts of the country have been receiving rainfall since Sunday after a long dry spell which began mid last month.

The MSD predicted rainfall activity throughout the country starting last Sunday.

“Rainfall activity started on Sunday and the country should expect week long thundershowers countrywide,” the MSD said.

“Expect morning rain to cover the country with widespread afternoon and evening thundershowers. It should be hot during the day, but mild overnight.”

Significant rains were received in some parts of Mashonaland West, Midlands and Mashonaland East.

“Notable falls were reported at Lupane with a maximum of 39mm, Chinhoyi 35mm, Harare-Belvedere 32mm, Tsholotsho 27mm and Nkayi 25mm.”

Gweru, Matopos and Kariba were also among other areas that received a considerable amount of rains in the past few days.

The MSD said there was high likelihood of below normal rains in most areas in the country.

Farmers’ unions expressed relief over the recent down pours, saying the rains had come at an important time.

Various church denominations have been holding prayers for rainfall after the then Acting President Phelekezela Mphoko made the call last week.

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  • Mixed Race

    The key words here are thurdershowers and below normal rains this year.Cloud seeding is only effective if the humidity is reasonably high,however the 14 days weather forecast tells a different story.The current showers do help to cool down the temperatures but still inadequate for the crops and water to be stored in the dams and underground water table.
    Our Byo water is now dirty because they are now pumping silit,check when you bath the sluggish dirty floating when bath soap helps to separate it from water.This is clear indication of pumping dirty water,I have installed water filters before my supply to the house but it is still leaving this sluggish dirty.Expect stricter water rationing at anytime as the city authorities realize that their hopes for better rains this year were misplaced.El Nino is with us so conserving the little water we have should have started many months ago.This cheap policy of appeasement leads to worse disasters.Wait and see in the coming months.