Heatwave Alert: Kenya Set for Dry, Sunny Conditions This Week

The Kenya Meteorological Department has issued a warning advising Kenyans to brace themselves for a dry and sunny spell expected to dominate most parts of the country throughout the week. In a statement released on Tuesday, February 20, the weather authority disclosed that high average daytime temperatures surpassing 30°C are anticipated in no fewer than 29 counties during this period.

Among the regions expected to experience scorching conditions are Nairobi, Turkana, Samburu, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Isiolo, Garissa, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Kajiado, Makueni, Kitui, and Machakos. Additionally, Kiambu, Embu, Laikipia, Baringo, Elgeyo-Marakwet, West Pokot, Bungoma, Kakamega, Kisumu, Busia, and Narok counties are also included in the list.

However, some relief is expected for areas in the South Rift Valley, Lake Victoria Basin, Highlands East/West of the Rift Valley, Southeastern lowlands, Coast, and Northeastern Kenya as they may witness light to moderate rainfall.

The Meteorological Department cautioned that while high daytime temperatures are anticipated, plummeting nighttime temperatures below 10°C may be experienced in certain parts of the affected counties.

“Stay prepared for fluctuating weather conditions this week!” urged the weather authority.

In light of the anticipated heatwave, members of the public have been strongly advised to stay hydrated and shield themselves from the intense sunrays during the scorching days. Moreover, they are encouraged to bundle up warmly to combat the cooler temperatures expected at night.

The issuance of this statement comes at a time when Nairobi, in particular, has been grappling with unusually high temperatures, prompting discussions on social media platforms such as X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook.

“The intensity of the sun rays hitting the ground in Nairobi is unparalleled… The heat during the day and especially at night is unbearable!” expressed X user G Juma.

“Nairobi is resembling Mombasa lately… the heat is intolerable! Despite taking cold showers, I still find myself sweating profusely at night!” lamented another user identified as Karen Njeri.

Experts attribute the prevailing hot temperatures to a multitude of factors, including climate change and the emission of greenhouse gases. The World Meteorological Organization has underscored the urgent need for decisive action to mitigate these effects and preserve the planet.

“If we act promptly, we can mitigate the impacts of climate change and safeguard a habitable planet. We possess the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to ensure a sustainable future for all,” emphasized the organization in a recent statement.

As Kenyans brace themselves for the anticipated dry and sunny weather conditions, authorities continue to monitor the situation closely, emphasizing the importance of adaptation and resilience in the face of changing climate patterns.


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