heavy-rainfall.jpgThe Meteorological Services Department says the rains which are currently being received across the country do not signal the onset of the 2011-2012 rainy season.

The Met department said farmers will have to wait a little bit longer before they start planting.

Head of Public Weather Service at the Meteorological Services Department, Mr. Tich Zinyemba described the wet spell as the first rains popularly known as Gukurahundi which do not signal onset of the season.


“It’s too early for us to say definitely this is the beginning of the rainy season. In any case, what is happening is very transcient in nature. The clouds are going to move out very quickly. With the change of weather scenarios, it can either come a bit earlier or later on in the month,” said Mr. Zinyemba.


He noted that the rains however do not dispel expectations that the country will have an early season.

The wet spell has seen Marondera recording the highest falls of 38 millilitres while areas such as Chipinge have been hit by some hailstorms.

Weather experts have urged farmers not to panic as the country is expected to have normal rains this season.