Met Office warns of chilly weather

Andrew Chimedza Herald Reporter
The Meteorological Services Department has advised farmers, individuals and organisations in the horticulture industry, poultry and animal breeding to seek advise from the nearest agricultural extension officers on how to protect their crops and animals because from today up to next Wednesday, the country is expected to experience very cold nights and mornings followed by sunny weather during the day.

During the same period, some areas in Masvingo and Manicaland are expected to receive light showers.

This sudden change in weather is being caused by a continental high pressure system that is normally associated with clear skies during the day with very cold nights and mornings.

A high pressure system is a whirling mass of cool, dry air that generally brings fair weather and light winds.

In an interview with The Herald yesterday, the country’s weather forecasters said it was in this regard that sunny conditions were expected for most of the country throughout the forecast period.

“However, pressure surges on the south east coast on Friday, May 1 (today) should cause short-lived increase in cloudiness accompanied perhaps with patchy morning drizzle in Masvingo and south of Manicaland.

“Minimum temperatures are expected to be in the 12 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius range. On the other hand, afternoon temperatures should average 26 degrees Celsius,” said the forecasters.

They said in low lying areas such as Kariba, Binga and Beitbridge, higher day time temperatures were expected with highs ranging in the lower 30-degree Celsius range.

“Nights are becoming chilly as we approach winter. There is, therefore, need to take serious note of this and get appropriate advice from the agricultural extension offices,” the Met Department urged farmers.