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Met Department Forecasts Thunderstorms, Lightning Strikes

The Meteorological Services Department of Zimbabwe (MSD) has issued a warning to the public, urging caution as thunderstorms and lightning strikes are forecasted to impact various regions of the country from September 26 to 29.

In an official statement shared on their verified social media account, the MSD department highlighted that Zimbabwe would witness a shift in the current weather pattern, potentially bringing rains accompanied by isolated lightning strikes, light showers, drizzle, and thunder to several provinces.

“The public must remain vigilant for isolated lightning strikes, light showers, drizzle, moderate winds, and a transition from hot weather to cloudy cool conditions. These changes will primarily affect the following provinces: Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North, Bulawayo Metropolitan, Masvingo, Manicaland Provinces, and the Southern Districts of Midlands Province,” the statement read.

The department emphasized the importance of taking precautions during thunderstorms, stating, “When thunder roars, it is best to be indoors. Avoid seeking shelter under trees or near poles or pylons. Try to find an unearthed building, as most council-approved houses and buildings are less affected by lightning due to the earth wire that runs through them. If unable to find shelter, crouch as low as possible and maintain a safe distance from livestock.”

Furthermore, the MSD cautioned the public to ensure that vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly, children, and those who are unwell, are kept in warm environments to mitigate any potential health risks associated with heavy rain and cool temperatures.

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Farmers were specifically advised not to interpret these storms as an indication of the onset of the rainy season, as they would not provide sufficient rainfall for planting purposes.

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