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Met warns of storms in Rift Valley and Northwest

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Isolated storms are likely to occur over parts of the highlands west of the Rift Valley and the northwest.

The areas include Trans Nzoia, Kericho, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Baringo, Elgeyo-Marakwet and the northwestern counties of Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu.

The Kenya Meteorological Department’s weather forecast indicates that rainfall is expected in most parts of the country over the next five days.

The rain will be experienced in parts of Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Trans Nzoia, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Nakuru, Narok, Kericho and Bomet.

Other counties predicted to get rain are Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Busia, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu, Tharaka and Nairobi.

The forecast shows that Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo, Kitui, Makueni, Machakos, Kajiado, Taita Taveta, Mombasa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu and Kwale are likely to be generally dry.

 “Cool and cloudy conditions accompanied by light rains are expected over the highlands east of the Rift Valley counties of Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu, Tharaka and Nairobi. In addition to some parts of the South-eastern Lowlands and the Highlands West of the Rift Valley,” said MET.

The weather forecast also indicates that strong southerly winds with speeds exceeding 25 knots are expected over some parts of the country.

This will be experienced in parts of Coast, Kitui, Makueni, Machakos, Kajiado, Taita Taveta, Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo.

The June-July-August season will be characterised by rainfall concentrated over the western region while the Coastal Strip and the rest of the country will remain generally dry.

The May Food and Nutrition Security Report released by the Ministry of Agriculture last week showed that the early cessation of the 2021 March-April-May long rains in several parts of the country interfered with prospects of crop performance in many counties.

“Despite this shock and early warning, the national food security outlook is still stable in most counties with respect to availability and accessibility of most food staples by households,” the report stated.

According to the Kenya Crop Monitor report, the impacts of the March-April-May rainfall and the weather forecast for June-July-August on maize, beans, wheat, sorghum, potatoes and other pulses, expected harvest in most places will be below 50 per cent except in the North Rift region.

In the North Rift, which is the main breadbasket of the country, there will be slightly below average production of maize of 80-90 per cent in Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet.

“Below average production of 50 per cent is expected in Baringo, Samburu, Laikipia and West Pokot counties due to decrease in area under crop, poor rainfall performance, poor germination and fall army worm infestation. Crop failure may be experienced in parts of West Pokot, Laikipia and Baringo counties,” the crop monitoring report said.

Edited by Henry Makori



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