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Weatherman predicts rains will reduce

The heavy rainfall that has been pounding Nairobi is expected to reduce by Friday, the meteorological department said.

Apart from Nairobi, Central Kenya, Mt Elgon, Taita Taveta (Kwale area) bordering Tanzania are other areas the weatherman predicted a decline in rainfall beginning today.

Others include Western Kenya, Voi, Southern Kitui, Makueni, Kajiado South and Narok.

“The areas, which will be engulfed by increased cloudiness, will however experience rainfall patterns ranging between five to 10 mm.

However, significant rainfall is expected to be experienced in Nakuru between Thursday and Friday while dry conditions are expected to prevail country wide from Sunday,” Mr Peter Ambenje, director meteorological services said on Tuesday.

Long rains

He however reiterated that the heavy rainfall which begun last week in some parts of the country resulting in destruction of property was not the onset of the anticipated March to May long rains season.

Mr Ambenje added: “During the weekend, the areas that recorded heavy rainfall in excess of 20 mm within a span of 24 hours were: Tuthu area in Murang’a Central Kenya with the highest rainfall recorded at 83 mm followed by Ngong (49.9 mm), Thika (45.6 mm), Nyeri (40.9 mm), Wilson Airport (34.7 mm), Kabete (24.3 mm) and Kabara (20 mm).

The deputy director said the department would release the March to May long rains season forecast at a later date.