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Met dept predicts heavy rains

The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has predicted countrywide torrential rainfall this week.

This comes at a time when the MSD had revealed that the country is expected to receive normal rains with a bias towards below normal throughout the 2018/19 season.

Most farmers had raised fears of drought as the rains have been erratic since the beginning of the rain season.

In a statement on Tuesday, the MSD said heavy rains are expected in most parts of the country this week.

“The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) wishes to advice the public of a countrywide wet spell expected from Wednesday 2 till Thursday 3 January 2019; with a slight decline in rainfall activity over the areas to the south of the main watershed from Friday 4 January,” the MSD said.

The MSD, however, predicted that Matabeland region is likely to receive the least amount of rains during this period.

“Moisture is entering the country from Botswana and South Africa, and should result in widespread thunderstorms.

“Localised heavier falls (in excess of 50mm in 24 hours) cannot be ruled out especially over Masvingo, Manicaland Provinces and Mashonaland East,” said the MSD.

“However, it should begin to dry out from the south-western parts of the country (i.e. Matabeleland South) from Friday into the weekend”.

The MSD also warned of “violent storms, coupled with lightning, hail and damaging winds”.

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