The Kenya Meteorological Department has announced that most parts of the country may experience showers and thunderstorms this weekend in readiness for the onset of the March-April-May 2022 long rains.
In a statement on Friday, 18th March the Director for Meteorological services Stella Aura said the long rains are expected to start next week and go on until the first week of May.
Aura said the rains have already begun in Western Kenya and will spread to southern, central Kenya and Rift Valley highlands next week.
She said most parts of Kenya should expect enhanced rains, except in the northeastern regions.
“Several parts of the country are likely to experience significant rainfall during the fourth week of March. The season is expected to experience a normal onset with fair distribution over the whole country except for the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) regions of Northwest, Northeast and the Coast which will experience poor rainfall distribution.”
The current high temperatures are also expected to begin climbing down this weekend.
Further, Aura said the March, April and May forecast issued in February indicates that enhanced rainfall was expected over the highlands west of the rift valley, the Lake Victoria basin, central and south rift valley, the north-west, the highlands west of the rift valley( including Nairobi County) and the southern lowlands.
The northeastern regions will receive occasional rainfall by the end of March and the first week of April.