The Metrological Department says the drizzles and heavy rains that have been experienced in some parts of the country do not signal the onset of the rainy season.

Assistant Director for Forecasting and Research, Emmanuel Sikana said rains being experience in some parts of the country is an indicator of climate change.

Mr. Sikana told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that some weather patterns being experienced in Lusaka and other parts of the country is typical for the month of September not October necessitated by climate change.

He disclosed that in the past weeks five Provinces have received some rains citing North- Western, Luapula, Copperbelt, Northern and Muchinga.

“We never used to experience such weather patterns in the past but this has been necessitated by climate change. The weather that is prevailing here is Lusaka is typical for September and not October but all this goes to show that climate change is here.Some rains were experienced in five Provinces thus far but the rains were below 20 millimeters, ”he said.

Mr. Sikana emphasized that Zambia will have the onset of the rains in November, saying that rains amounting to 40 millimetres is anticipated in some parts of the country.

He further said that some parts of the country will have some rains in the next seven days citing some parts of Luapula, Northern and Muchinga Provinces.

Reports of downfall have been reported in the past week in some parts of the country which left farmers wandering whether that signified the onset of the rainy season.

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  1. Tiyeni Uko. What climate change? there’s always been rain in October in Zambia. If the meteorologists kept records they would attest to it.

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    • @Nubian Princess. If a lie is told several times and consistently, people start believing it. I am glad that you’re able to see through these global warming lies. I think the last cold season is the coldest I have experienced in this country while whites who don’t want Africans to progress are busy selling us the global warming theory. I would agree if someone says ‘weather patterns change’. Global warming theory is being rejected by a number of progressive nations including America and China who have refused to sign certain treaties to reduce emissions. To start with Zambia is practically a bush with negligible emissions when compared to developed nations. Hence the fight against the so called global warming should be left to the culprits.

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    • Symptomatic of terminology usage of one who does not understand it only to end up with a meaningless explanation.

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  2. cholera out break is expected in November due to poor drainage system…….kikikikikikikikiki

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  3. It always rains on October 24 especially on the Copperbelt. How old is the Assistant Director for Forecasting and Research, maybe he needs to sit down with abakalamba (with knowledge base)? Banyenye (Cicada) have been making a lot of noise in the month of October and as we all know it, these insects signify the approach of the rain season.

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  4. Indeed u are correct,but what you should know is that, climate change is real.In olden days rains could come once or twice but not the way it is happening now where the whole week u are experiencing rains.Besides met has the data from 1950 up to date,so the man knows what he is talking about.

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  5. Weather and climate are two very different things, climate is the result of averages over a 50 year period and will include all weather extremes. Early or late rains and higher or lower than average temperatures don’t indicate climate change. A sustained measurable difference over a 50 year period does.
    The director should know this.

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  6. Lazy sod! Was it not normal to expect rainfall at this time of the year? Why is it that our “experts” always feel left out and have to blurt out some drivel when they clearly have no clue what they are on about?

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  7. Climate change colleagues is real. Those of us who have been preview to some data realise the weather patterns having spikes and thus overally the altering climate. It is true that this season has been perhaps the hottest and coldest respectively.

    We are a country that has no plausible research to bring on board knowledge thus we relay on developed knowledge and ours is to believe and or not to believe. Science is not about faith. It is about rational proof which in this case shows there is something amis about climate today.

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  8. Ba Director, climate change just because we have rains in October shows that you don’t know what you are talking about. late rains yes if you are from the past you could say that but having rain around this time is normal from our past past experience. we used to have normal rain from october onwards in the past but when things started to change, rains started coming even later than mid November in some places. North Western used to have rains as early as September in the past. So bwana Director. I guess you meant climate changing to what it was in the 80 s.

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  9. I can see a lot of climate scientists here. The best that one should do is to get to the department mandated to carry out that function and get facts. Most of you don’t know from which climate science basis the Assistant Director spoke. Now everyone knows all fields! The department of Meteorology is mandated by UN under World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to carry out this mandate. Get to the department before you rush to comment.

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