The Rwanda Meteorology Agency (Meteo Rwanda) has issued the seasonal forecast for June to August 2019, commonly known as season C (Impeshyi), and encouraged Rwandans to be water wise during this period.
According to the forecast, rainfall ranging between 100 and 150 millimetres is expected in the Western Province as well as Burera and Musanze districts in the Northern Province. Small pockets of Nyamagabe District bordering Nyungwe National Park will also experience a similar range of rainfall.
Rainfall from 50 to 100 millimetres is expected in the Eastern Province, the City of Kigali, and the Southern Province as well as Gicumbi, Rulindo and Gakenke districts in the Northern Province.
The maximum temperature from June to August is forecast to be between 22 and 30 degrees Celsius in the western to eastern regions, while the minimum temperature is expected to be between 8 and 18 degrees Celsius in the north west to eastern regions.
Aimable Gahigi, Director General of Meteo Rwanda, has advised farmers to grow crop varieties appropriate for drier conditions in marshlands designated for cultivation and utilise irrigation where applicable.
“This forecast data is useful to guide harvest and post harvest activities. We encourage farmers to use this information to prevent any losses that may happen during the harvest time at the end of this season.”
The Director General added that water may be scarce during this dry season and encouraged citizens and concerned sectors to use water efficiently.
Rwanda has four climatic seasons. The long rainy season (March–May), the short rainy season (mid-September to mid-December), the long dry season (June–August) and the short dry season (mid-December–February).
The full forecast statement is available here. Meteo Rwanda encourages citizens to make use of this information in conjunction with additional forecasts issued by Meteo Rwanda.