Heavy Rains Break 42 Year Record
The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has said a 42-year-old record of heavy rainfall received within a day has been broken and predicted heavy rains that may uproot trees and leave a trail of destruction today and tomorrow.
In its daily weather update yesterday, the MSD said a record 203 millimetres (mm) were received on Wednesday in Chiredzi, adding that the last record of 98mm was recorded in 1977.
“The moist conditions currently affecting the country resulted in widespread thunderstorms. Heavier falls were recorded over Masvingo, Matabeleland South and Manicaland provinces with Buffalo Range/Chiredzi (203mm) breaking the standing record (98mm) of 1977. Other significant figures were Mukadzi (126mm), Beitbridge, (75mm), Rupike (73mm) Zaka (70mm) and Esigodini (58mm),” read the statement.
The MSD said rains are expected countrywide today and tomorrow and some areas such as Matabeleland South will receive heavy rains in excess of 50mm in 24 hours.
Flash flooding and destruction of infrastructure may result from the heavy rains.
“In general rains are expected countrywide from Wednesday 13 until Saturday 16 February 2019, with heavy falls in some places.
“Of note, however, some parts of Manicaland, Matabeleland South, Masvingo Provinces as well as southern areas of Midlands are forecast to receive heavier rains in excess of 50mm in 24 hours,” read the MSD statement.
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