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March to May rainfall: Rain to reach most counties at end of March

A map showing the start of March-April-May 2022 Rainfall Season.
A map showing the start of March-April-May 2022 Rainfall Season.

March-April-May rainfall season forecast shows that most counties could get higher than normal rainfall. March-April-May period is the major rainfall season over most of Kenya.

Kenya Meteorological Department expects normal start of rainfall, which will be equally spread in the country. But arid regions of northwest, northeast and the Coast will get poor rainfall.

The department’s weekly forecast ending 21 March shows several parts of the country could receive occasional rainfall.

Occasional rainfall could fall in Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia, Bungoma, Kisumu, Kisii, Siaya, Homa Bay, Kericho, Nandi, Bomet, Nakuru, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia and Narok counties. In addition, the forecast expects occasional rainfall in Nyeri, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Embu, Meru, Kiambu, Tharaka Nithi, Laikipia, Nyandarua, Kajiado, Taita Taveta and Nairobi counties.

Kenya Meteorological Department said the occasional rainfall would mark the start of March-April-May rainfall season.

“The rainfall is expected to increase and spread to most parts of the country towards the end of March and the beginning of April,” said Ms Stella Aura, director, Meteorological Services.

Most of Kenya to get above normal rain

Thirty-two counties could receive amount of rainfall more than the normal rainfall. The counties are Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Trans Nzoia, Baringo, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, West Pokot, Laikipia and Nakuru. Narok, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma and Busia. Turkana, Samburu, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Embu, Meru, Tharaka Nithi and Nairobi. Western parts of Marsabit are likely to get near or above normal rainfall.

Rain near normal would likely fall in Wajir, Garissa, Mandera, eastern Marsabit and parts of Isiolo county.

Slightly above normal rainfall would fall in Kajiado, Kitui, Makueni, Machakos, Taita Taveta and parts of Tana River.

Mombasa, Kilifi, Lamu, Kwale and parts of Tana River would receive near or above normal rainfall.

About Kaburu Mugambi

Kaburu Mugambi is a veteran of business reporting having worked with two national newspapers in Kenya. He is a graduate of economics from Kenyatta University. He started his journalism career in 2000 with The People Daily as a business reporter before becoming a business sub-editor. He joined Daily Nation in 2004 as a business writer. He holds a post-graduate diploma in mass communication from University of Nairobi's School of Journalism and an MBA in marketing from the same university. In 2016, he founded Water Tower, a media firm focused on water, energy and climate. Its content cuts across water, energy and climate with emphasis on adaptation and sustainability.

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