Most parts of the country are expected to experience enhanced rainfall during the long rain season set to begin next month.
The Kenya Meteorological Department says in its long rains (March-April-May) outlook that Western and Central Highlands including Nairobi, are likely to experience near-normal to enhanced rainfall.
Western Kenya residents have been warned against sheltering under trees during rains to avoid being struck by lightning. Flooding, landslide may occur in flood-prone areas of Budalang’I and Kano.
“Lightning strikes are highly probable in western Kenya, especially within Kisii, Kisumu and Kakamega counties. Cases of flooding in flood prone areas such as Budalang’i and Kano areas and also landslides/mudslides in areas of Western, central and Rift Valley are also highly probable. The National Disaster Operations Centre is, therefore, advised to be on standby in order to ensure mitigation of any negative impacts that may arise” warned the meteorologists.
However, several parts of Southeastern Kenya, the Coastal strip and parts of Northeastern Kenya are likely to experience depressed rainfall.
“The spatial and temporal distribution of the March to May 2019 seasonal rainfall is expected to be generally good over most of the western sector but generally poor over the eastern sector of the country, especially in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands,” said the Kenya Meteorological Department Acting Director Stella Aura.
Farmers in food growing areas of Western, Nyanza and Rift Valley have been advised to take advantage of the favourable weather.
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“Farmers are advised to liaise with the State Department of Agriculture for advice on the appropriate seeds to be planted. The expected timely onset in most agricultural areas is conducive for agriculture” said the weatherman.
The rains are expected to subside in May 2019 with most parts of the country are experiencing depressed rainfall except the western, central Rift Valley and central Kenya regions which are likely to experience slightly enhanced rainfall.
“In April 2019, near-normal to above-normal rainfall is expected over most parts of the country and more so in western Kenya, central Rift Valley, Northern Kenya (Marsabit, Moyale) and the central highlands including Nairobi. Depressed rainfall is, however, likely to occur over Northwestern Kenya’ she said.
Farmers and pastoral communities in areas expected to receive depressed rainfall have been told to seek advise from experts on drought-tolerant crops.