Kenyans have been warned by The Kenya Meteorological Department  to prepare for extremely high temperatures exceeding 30°C across most regions of the country this week.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, February 20, the weatherman said high average daytime temperatures exceeding 30°C will be expected in at least 29 counties for the entire week to February 26.

The forecast predicts high temperatures in counties such as Nairobi, Samburu, Machakos, Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Isiolo, Garissa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Kajiado, Makueni and Kitui.

However, parts of Meru, Tharaka Nithi, Murang’a, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Elgeyo Marakwet, Trans Nzoia, and West Pokot are anticipated to have maximum temperatures below 25°C.

This however may not be the case for  areas in the South Rift Valley, Lake Victoria Basin, Highlands East/West of the Rift Valley, Southeastern lowlands, Coast, and Northeastern Kenya as they may see light to moderate rainfall.

“High daytime temperatures exceeding 30°C expected in various counties, while some parts of certain counties may experience low nighttime temperatures below 10°C,” the Meteorological Department said.

Director of the Meteorological Department, David Gikungu, urged Kenyans to stay hydrated and take precautions against the sun’s rays during the hot days while ensuring they dress warmly for cooler nights.

“Stay prepared for fluctuating weather conditions this week! The sun rays hitting the ground in Nairobi are something else…The worst is heat during the day and the worst heat during the night” the weatherman added.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recently reported that January 2024 was the hottest January on record, continuing a trend observed throughout much of 2023.

The WMO highlighted record-high sea surface temperatures for ten consecutive months, emphasizing the urgency of climate action.

“Since 31 January, the daily sea surface temperature for 60°S–60°N has reached new absolute records, surpassing the previous highest values from 23rd and 24th of August 2023,” the WMO report stated.

The hot temperature has been attributed to various factors including climate change and the emission of greenhouse gases with the World Meteorological Organization calling on speedy action to preserve planet Earth.

“If we act now, we can limit climate change and preserve a liveable planet. We have the knowledge, tools and resources to secure a livable, sustainable future for all,” the organization said in a recent statement.









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