rainfall heavy.jpgThe Meteorological Services Department says the light showers recently received in most provinces in the country are still too little to warranty planting of crops, unless there is supplementary irrigation.


The department says the light rainfall that the country received in the last few days especially in Matabeleland South, Mashonaland Provinces and some parts of Manicaland, do not signal the beginning of the 2010 to 2011 agricultural season.

In an interview, Head of Forecast Services in the Meteorological Department, Mr. Tich Zinyemba said the rainfall amounts so far received countrywide are still little for famers to start planting, adding that the weather systems responsible for determining the onset of the main rains are however becoming organised.

“An average of two millimetres was received on Tuesday afternoon, while between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, Chinhoyi received 9 millimetres, Bulawayo 10 millimetres and Harare 11 millimetres,” said Zinyemba.

The department was however clear that the 2010 to 2011 rain season has not yet started as the main rains are expected in mid-November.

In the last weeks, some parts of the country have recorded high temperature increases which have broken some records dating back to 1952.

Meteorologists believe the temperature rise of such magnitudes will see the first half of the rainy season receiving rainfall with violent storms, lightning, thunder and hailstorm due to high energised electrons.