By Gift Briton

Warmer-than-usual temperatures expected in parts of Eastern Africa during the next seven days are likely to cause elevated levels of heat stress in several parts.

According to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC), the regions likely to be affected include coastal regions of Tanzania, Kenya, and Somalia as well as regions of eastern South Sudan. The people living in these areas are advised to keep hydrated during this period.

According to ICPAC, most parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, central to western Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and parts of Sudan are expected to be warmer than usual.

On the other hand, eastern parts of South Sudan, western and central Sudan and other isolated regions across the Greater Horn of Africa (GHA) are likely to be cooler than usual.

While several parts of the region including Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, most parts of South Sudan, most parts of Ethiopia, central to northern Somalia, and northern Uganda are anticipated to experience dry conditions during this period, ICPAC predicts that central parts of Tanzania, Burundi and southern parts of Rwanda are expected to experience heavy rainfall.

The heavy rainfall expected over these areas is likely to worsen the flooding situation experienced.

Areas expected to be wetter than usual include Central to northern Tanzania, southern and western Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and isolated areas in Ethiopia and Uganda, whereas western and southern parts of Tanzania are likely to be drier than normal.