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.