The Meteorological Services Department has warned the public of a looming cold spell, with a cold front expected to move across Zimbabwe from Wednesday (today) up to Saturday.
A cold front is an advancing edge of a cold air mass which produces dramatic changes in the weather.
The cold weather is expected to become more severe in the coming three weeks.
Principal Meteorologist James Ngoma advised members of the public to keep warm as the weather is expected to be cold, windy and cloudy until Saturday. Ngoma said:
We are expecting more clouds to filter in from Wednesday into the weekend. We are expecting a bit of cold conditions from much of the southern parts of the country. We advise people to keep warm during this period.
We are expecting most of the temperatures to be below 20 degrees for areas such as Matabeleland South into Masvingo as well as parts of Manicaland province.
Most of those areas should have temperatures in the teens (between 13 and 19 degrees Celsius).
He said on 31 May in 1984, temperatures went as low as 13 degrees celsius but in May 2022, the lowest was 14.4 degrees. Added Ngoma:
We are still in the good zone. It’s actually called the cool category, then it will get to the cold and the very cold.
The temperatures that we were having this past month were in the mild category.
People will be wearing jerseys only, but as the month goes on, they might be wearing a jersey and a jacket.
Ngoma said temperatures will continue to drop, as the winter solstice is around 20 to 21 June. He said:
Winter is still upon us and these systems come and go, so we shall keep people better informed as we go through the season.
Winter officially started on May 1 and the peak of winter comes on the winter solstice, which is around June 20 to 21.
The winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year.