Helen Kadirire 17 March 2017
HARARE – Zimbabwe faces an early winter as temperatures are gradually
decreasing, the Meteorological Services Department (Met) said yesterday.
The department’s public weather services head, Tich Zinyemba, said “even
though it is early days yet, there continues to be a palpable cooling in
morning temperatures, indicative of the gradual transition from summer to
While it may be sunny during daytime, it gets chilly towards the evening.
“Daytime minimum temperatures should range from 12 degrees Celsius to 20
degrees celsius, especially along the Zambezi Valley and eight degrees
Celsius to 11 degrees Celsius in the Eastern Highlands,” he said, adding
that “windy, sunny and cool conditions will continue throughout the
Zinyemba warned that it was important that people prepare for the cold
weather by stocking up on warm clothing and blankets.
He also cautioned farmers of both livestock and crops against the
impending chilly weather.
The early winter forecast comes after the country experienced massive
flooding caused by climatic conditions La Nina and Cyclone Dineo.
Met has forecast that the rains are set to last until end of March.