The Weather Forecast for February 2018 shows that the northern half of the country has increased chances for recording normal to above normal rainfall.
According to the weather bulletin obtained from the Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD), areas surrounding Lusaka, Southern, and Western provinces are likely to receive below to normal rainfall.
In the Month of March 2018, Muchinga and Northern provinces will have a high chance of receiving normal to above normal rainfall.
While, the southern part of the country will have increased chances of recording below to normal rainfall in the same month.
The ZMD bulletin revealed that the continued suppression of rainfall accompanied by high temperatures in selected parts of the country especially over the Southern half of the country has led to substantial moisture deficits which is likely to adversely affect the growth of crops.
The weather bulletin further highlighted that the poor rainfall distribution has negatively impacted the growth of maize at early stages especially in the southern half of the country.
Meanwhile, ZMD has further disclosed that the southern half of the country is expected to record flash floods despite the area recording below to normal rainfall.
The department explained that the flash floods will be induced by high intensity of rainfall events.
In a related development, ZMD said abnormal dryness will continue to strengthen and expand for the rest of January in selected parts of the country adding that, the sad development will place additional moisture stress on crops.