The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) says the country will start receiving rainfall beginning this week, with the precipitation expected to get heavier as the week progresses.
MSD agro-meteorologist in charge of season forecasting, Benjamin Kwenda on Monday told NewsDay that the country should start receiving rain this Tuesday or on Wednesday. He said:
We had a slight fall, but we are hoping to receive the rains either tomorrow or the day after going into the week.
The rains will begin with light showers, but we are expecting them to get heavier as we go on.
If there is a need for an alert, we will release it.
Kwenda said as far as the 2021/2022 season forecast is concerned, nothing has changed, with the rains expected to continue to March next year. He said:
The update still has not changed. The rain will still stretch up to March 2022 to end the first half of the season.
We cannot further predict what will happen after March, but currently, there is no change to the indicators.
We could, however, be headed for some disasters within the time that remains until the end of December.
The Met Department predicted good rains, during the 2021-2022 season, but farmers are now despondent as there have been no significant falls for nearly a month, with most crops showing signs of moisture stress.