Severe cold weather predicted, Zimbabweans urged to stay warm
By Yvonne Mutambwa
The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has advised the nation to expect cold and windy conditions as a cold front sweeps across the country from Tuesday to Wednesday the 12th of July.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Met Department said the cold spell will be accompanied by strong gusts of cold wind. The Met Department said:
“The entire country should be cold and windy in the morning. Mostly cloudy and drizzly conditions are expected over the southern and eastern parts of the country (namely Matabeleland South, Bulawayo Metropolitan, Masvingo, south of Midlands, Manicaland, south of Mashonaland East and Harare metropolitan) cool by day, becoming cold overnight.”
The statement further said, “Matabeleland North, north of Midlands (Kwekwe to Gokwe), Mashonaland West and Central are anticipated to be mostly sunny and mild by day becoming cold towards evening.”
The MSD urged members of the public to stay warm and for farmers to ensure that their animals are protected from the cold. Reads the statement:
“Windy and cold conditions may affect the health of vulnerable members of society and trigger respiratory-related illnesses in all persons and poultry, especially day-old chicks, are sensitive to overnight decline in temperatures.”
It further said that differences between night and daytime temperatures can affect the body’s perception of the cold and urged the public to ensure vulnerable members are dressed appropriately, especially in the early hours of the morning.
On Monday, 10 July, South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg, experienced snow and sleet for the first time in over a decade.
Snow was reported in a number of provinces including the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, and the Gauteng region which includes Johannesburg and Soweto.