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Temperatures within levels, says Kenya’s meteorological department

ENVIRONMENT
By Brigid Chemweno | March 23rd 2016

NAIROBI: The Kenya Meteorological Department has dismissed information warning Kenyans to stay indoors because of high temperatures.

The department said the predicted weather patterns were not high enough to warrant Kenyans to stay indoors.

In a message doing the rounds on social media, Kenyans were being warned of high temperatures.

In a detailed forecast from yesterday to March 28, the met department on their official Facebook page indicated a forecast mainly of dry and sunny weather throughout the country, with a continuation of relatively warmer temperatures especially during the night.

"Counties of Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Trans Nzoia, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma and Busia are expected to experience sunny intervals the entire day for much of the forecast period," reads the account.

It adds: "Counties of Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu are expected to experience mainly sunny intervals the whole day throughout the forecast period."

Counties of Nairobi, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang'a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu, and Tharaka Nithi are expected to experience cloudy mornings giving way to sunny intervals the whole day throughout the forecast period.

Northeastern counties of Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo are expected to experience morning rains over few places this Friday and sunny intervals the entire day for the remainder of the forecast period.

South Eastern counties of Kitui, Makueni, Machakos and Taita Taveta are expected to experience cloudy mornings giving way to sunny intervals throughout the forecast period.

Further, afternoon/evening showers are likely over few places near Mt Kilimanjaro and along the Kenya-Tanzania border throughout the forecast period.

The coastal strip counties of Mombasa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu and Kwale are expected to experience mainly sunny intervals the entire day during the forecast period.

As the world marks the World Meteorological Day today, the United Nations office for disaster management said without urgent action to cut emissions, the trend of increasing temperatures and the frequency and intensity of extreme events will accelerate.

It further highlights that this year's theme 'Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future,' was chosen to illustrate the reality of climate change.

Land and sea surface temperatures were rising as a result of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

"The frequency and intensity of extreme events like heatwaves and heavy rainfall is increasing. Without urgent action to cut carbon dioxide emissions, this trend will accelerate," indicated the report.

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