By Gift Briton

Burundi, Rwanda, and most parts of northern and eastern Tanzania are anticipated to receive heavy rainfall in the next seven days, according to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)’s Climate Prediction and Application Centre (ICPAC).

The heavy rainfall is likely to cause wetter than usual conditions and flash floods in the flood-prone areas of these regions including the south-western regions of Kenya.

The ICPAC forecast also shows that southern Uganda, southwestern Tanzania, western and southern Kenya, coastal regions of Sudan, Eritrea, and northern Somalia will receive light rainfall.

Conversely, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, central to northern Uganda, eastern and northern Kenya, and central to southern Somalia are expected to remain dry during the week, with drier than usual conditions expected in central to western Tanzania.

According to ICPAC, nearly all parts of the East African region are expected to experience warmer-than-usual temperatures during the week, with isolated regions experiencing cooler-than-average temperatures.

South Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea, Djibouti, central to southern Somalia, Tanzania, eastern and northern Kenya, and parts of southern and eastern Sudan will experience moderate to high temperatures ranging between 20-32℃, according to the prediction.

On the other hand, central to northern Sudan, central to northern Ethiopia, northern Somalia, central to western Kenya, and most parts of Rwanda and Burundi will experience mild temperatures of less than 20℃.

Elevated levels of heat stress are likely to be experienced in eastern Tanzania, eastern and coastal Kenya, parts of southern Somalia, and eastern regions of South Sudan.