By Gift Briton

For the next seven days, heavy to very heavy downpour is expected over several parts of Eastern Africa, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development(IGAD)’s Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC) predicts.

The weatherman therefore advises residents in these areas including western parts of Kenya, most parts of Ethiopia except the western parts, central and northern parts of Somalia, Rwanda, isolated parts of Eritrea, isolated areas in Sudan, and cross-border areas of Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan, to stay on the lookout for potential floods.

Other regions including several parts of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, north-western Tanzania, western and north-western Kenya, central to southern and northern Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and isolated areas in southern Sudan are likely to receive moderate rainfall.

However, light rainfall is expected over some parts of Sudan and central to north-eastern Somalia, whereas central to northern Sudan, eastern Kenya and central to southern Tanzania are expected to remain generally dry.

Furthermore, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, central to southern parts of Sudan, northern and central Somalia, most parts of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and western Kenya are expected to experience wetter than normal conditions. Drier than usual conditions are expected over eastern Kenya and eastern and southern Tanzania.

During the prediction period, high temperatures of up to 32℃ are expected over Sudan, South Sudan, most parts of Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, northern and eastern Kenya, Uganda, and most parts of Tanzania.

Mild temperatures of less than 20℃ are expected over central to northern Ethiopia, central to western Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and isolated areas in southern and northern Tanzania.

Also, cooler than usual temperatures are expected over northern and southern Sudan, South Sudan, and western Ethiopia, while parts of central Sudan, most parts of Tanzania, southern Kenya and, central and northern Somalia are likely to be warmer than usual.