UNMA Warns of Heavy Rains From March to May


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The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA), has warned that most parts of Uganda will experience heavy rains for at least three months starting March to May.

Abubakar Kalema, a weather forecaster at the authority revealed this in  a statement on monthly seasonal outlooks.

“Overall, during, March, April and May 2023, the country is expected to experience near normal (near average) rainfall over several parts of the country,” statement read partly.

However, the statement added that some parts of southwestern, central and Victoria basin are expected to receive near normal (near average) to above normal (enhanced rainfall).

UNMA emphasized that the onset of the seasonal rains is expected around mid-March in several parts of the Southern sector of the country (Southwestern, central and Victoria basin), whereas in the northern parts of the country, it is expected from around late March to early April.

UNMA further stated that the rains are likely to come with thunderstorms associated with strong winds, lightening and hailstorms in different parts of the country.

“Landslides are also expected in some parts of the country such as Bududa,” UNMA warned.

Farmers have been advised to finalise the preparation of their land and planting in order to optimize on the available water.

“Farmers in southwestern and central Uganda are advised to finalise the preparation of their lands and planting in order to optimize on the available water,” UNMA advised.


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