By Gift Briton

Heavy to moderate rainfall is expected over most parts of eastern Ethiopia, central to northern Somalia, western Kenya, isolated areas in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Somalia, north-western Tanzania, central to northern Ethiopia, and western South Sudan.

This is according to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development(IGAD)’s Climate Prediction and Application Centre(ICPAC) weekly prediction.

The expected heavy rainfall is likely to cause floods in flood-prone areas. However, light rainfall is expected over central parts of Uganda, most parts of South Sudan, isolated areas in Tanzania, north-western Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, and isolated parts in southern and northern Somalia, ICPAC says.

Sudan, eastern Kenya, western Ethiopia, and parts of central to southern Tanzania are likely to remain dry during the forecast period.

Furthermore, eastern Kenya, eastern and southern Tanzania, south-eastern and western Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and most parts of South Sudan are expected to experience drier than usual conditions whereas central to northern and eastern Ethiopia, isolated areas in western South Sudan, central to northern Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi, western Kenya, and north-western Tanzania are expected to be wetter than usual.

Southern Sudan and the neighbouring northern parts of South Sudan is likely to experience hot temperatures, above 32 ℃, while central to northern Ethiopia, central to western Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and isolated areas in southern and northern Tanzania are likely to experience mild temperatures of less than 20℃. 

ICPAC has also forecasted warmer than usual temperatures over south-western parts of Sudan, south-western and north-eastern South Sudan, most parts of Tanzania, and central and northern Somalia, and cooler than usual temperatures central to northern Sudan, eastern Kenya and, the highland areas of Kenya and Ethiopia.