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Ni hali ya weather: Expect extra cold, rainy days…more asthma, flu cases

HEALTH & SCIENCEBy MERCY KAHENDA | Thu,Jul 08 2021 15:33:28 EAT
By MERCY KAHENDA | Thu,Jul 08 2021 15:33:28 EAT

 

Nairobians take shelter from heavy downpours along Kenyatta Avenue.[Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Kenyans should brace themselves for longer days of cold weather and rains in the coming months.     

The Kenya Meteorological Department days will also be cloudy and it has thus advised people to “wrap up warm. Dress in layers and wear a scarf if possible. Keep the cold out,” according to its official Twitter account which added, “do not miss a cup of hot coffee for Nairobians, Nyeri and Meru.”

The Met also says people should expect rains in parts of the Highlands, West of the Rift Valley, Lake Victoria Basin and South and Central Rift Valley.

The department’s report in June noted increased cases of respiratory diseases, attributed to the cold weather. There will be thus increased cases of asthma, pneumonia, flu and common cold with the most affected areas being Nairobi, Highlands East of the Rift Valley, Central Rift Valley and parts of the Highlands West of the Rift Valley.

People in Nairobi and the Coast will also experience rains besides cool and cloudy conditions which will extend to counties in Central and South Rift Valley namely Baringo, Nakuru, Narok and Laikipia will experience sunny days, with nights being partly cloudy.

Strong winds with speeds exceeding 25 knots will be felt in parts of the Coastal region and the South-Eastern Lowlands but mornings will be sunny in the Lake Victoria Basin and the Highlands West of the Rift Valley besides “evening showers over several places during the first half of the forecast period and over a few places thereafter.”

Though, occasional afternoon and evening showers are likely to occur in few places, but counties in the Northwest, including Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu, will have morning rains and afternoon showers and thunderstorms, throughout the forecast period.

Nairobi, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang'a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu and Tharaka Nthi will have cloudy mornings, giving intermittent sunny intervals and “afternoon showers are likely to occur over a few places throughout the forecast period.”

Glance box

4-14 degrees Celsius

Range of expected minimum temperatures in most parts of Kenya

 15-27 degrees Celsius

Range of expected maximum temperatures in most parts of Kenya 

 

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