By Gift Briton

Dry conditions are expected over most parts of Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, northern and eastern Kenya, and northern Uganda over the next seven days.

This is according to the weekly rainfall forecast by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)’s Climate Prediction & Applications Centre(ICPAC).

However, the weather body notes that Burundi and most parts of Tanzania are likely to receive moderate rainfall of 50-200mm (one millimeter of rainfall is equivalent to one litre of water per square meter), with Rwanda, southern Uganda, south-western Kenya, and coastal regions of Kenya, Somalia, Eritrea, and Sudan likely to experience light rainfall (less than 50 mm).

ICPAC further notes that wetter than usual conditions are expected in most parts of Burundi, north-western, eastern and southern Tanzania and drier than usual conditions are expected over parts of central, northern, and south-western Tanzania as well as heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in parts of eastern and southern Tanzania.

According to ICPAC, most parts of Eastern Africa region are also likely to experience warmer than average temperatures during the forecast period. Moderate temperatures (20 – 32 ℃) are expected over most parts of South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Djibouti, and Eritrea.

However, cold conditions (less than 20℃) are expected over central to northern Sudan, parts of central and eastern Ethiopia into northern Somalia, central to western Kenya, and a few areas in Burundi, Rwanda, and southern Tanzania.

Temperature anomalies including warmer than usual temperatures are expected in most parts of the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) and cooler than usual temperatures are expected in central to northern Sudan, a few areas in southern Tanzania and south-eastern Kenya, and other isolated regions within the GHA.