met dept.jpgTemperatures continue to soar to record levels in the country, with four places breaking records set as far back as 1954 – a development which the meteorological department has attributed global warming.

The past few days have seen unprecedented temperature increases which have been attributed to low pressure systems that are sitting on Zimbabwe drawing dry air into the country.

In an interview, Meteorological Services Department Head Forecasting Services, Mr Tich Zinyemba said ever since Monday, temperatures were breaking records set as far back as 1954, with most areas recording a 2 degrees Celsius increase, prompting the department to initiate a research into the reasons and effects.

Zaka particularly recorded 42 degrees, surpassing the 39 degrees recorded in 1954, while Zvishavane beat the 1954 record by a degree to reach 41.

Wedza and Mt Darwin also beat the 1954 records by a degree Celsius.

“Today Wednesday, West Nicholson in Matabeleland South privince recorded 41degrees, 2 degrees up from the highest of 39 degrees last recorded in 1995. Kezi also recorded 41 degrees compared to 40 that was recorded in 1962, while Zaka in Masvingo today recorded 42 degrees Celsius and the last highest temperatures were recorded in 1954 at 39 Degrees Celsius,” said Mr Zinyemba.

On Tuesday, the highest temperatures of up to 45 and 44 degrees Celsius were recorded in Beitbridge and Buffalo Range respectively.

Climate change expert, Mr Washington Zhakata said the rise in temperatures is a clear indication that climate change and global warming are taking their toll.

He said: “Extreme weather events continue to wreck havoc in the world. The heat wave in Mexico and flooding in Indonesia among other natural disasters are effects of global warming that calls for the world leaders to start acting and provide funding for mitigation measures.”

 

Head of Rainfall Section in the Meteorological Department, Mr Tirivanhu Muhwati predicted that temperature rises of such magnitude will see the first half of the rain season receiving rainfall with violent storms, lightning, thunder and hailstorm due to highly energised electrons.

Experts say the public should take precautionary measures by drinking lots of water and wearing sunhats to avoid dehydration and stay in-doors until temperatures drop.

Satellite pictures at the meteorological department reveal that the first rains might hit the ground this season any time now starting in Matabeleland.