Rainfall expected in Taita Taveta, weatherman says

People walking in the rain. The Met department has said rainfall is expected in Taita Taveta County and other parts of the country./COURTESY

Taita Taveta county is set to experience occasional rainfall for the better part of January 2021.

Even if some parts of the country woke up to heavy rainfall Thursday morning, the Kenya Meteorological Department says only a few parts of the country will have occasional rainfall during the first and second weeks of January including the coastal county of Taita Taveta.

The Department says that most parts of the country will experience dry weather conditions and will remain sunny throughout.

However, a few areas over western Kenya, the Lake Victoria basin (Kisumu, Busia, Migori, Homa BaKEA MVUy, Kisii, Nyamira, Siaya), southern Rift valley (Kericho, Narok, Bomet), parts of central Kenya (Kiambu, Nyeri, Meru, Embu, Murang’a, Nyandarua) and the south-eastern lowlands (Kajiado, Makueni,  Machakos, Kitui) are likely to experience occasional rainfall during the first week of January 2021.

Other parts of the country experienced depressed rainfall during the month of December 2020, with only some stations in western Kenya and a few stations in southeastern Kenya experiencing near-average rainfall.

As  January is anticipated to be dry, the department says there will be a reduction of pasture drinking water for humans.

“The expected occasional rainfall, especially at the beginning of the month, may still lead to flooding in low lying areas and along river basins in the Lake Victoria Basin as well as in areas surrounding the Rift Valley Lakes,” the department warned

The Department has therefore advised the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and humanitarian institutions to put in place measures to avert any crisis which might lead to the loss of lives, livelihoods and property.

The department also warned that the dry season in January might impact negatively the major river catchment areas thus affect hydroelectric power dams.