By David Luganda – NECJOGHA/AFMC

KAMPALA, UGANDA – The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has predicted enhanced rainfall for areas of northern, eastern, and parts of mid-western while the rest of the country is likely to receive occasional rainfall.

According to the August weather outlook released on 5th August 2021 signed by Dr. Festus Luboyera, Executive director UNMA, says that the month of July was generally dry characterised with suppressed rainfall over most parts of the country. However, some rainfall was registered in isolated parts of northern Uganda including Karamoja.

“Overall, the August rainfall forecast indicates that several parts of northern, eastern and Mid-western Uganda are expected to experience near normal with slight tendency to above normal (enhanced) rainfall,” the August weather outlook 2021 for Uganda issued on 5th August.

According to UNMA, the month of August forms the last month of June, July and August rainfall season and is always characterised by southward movement of the rainfall belt from the north.

However, UNMA warns that the rainfall regime, is expected to start drifting southerly from its current location in the north and that will lead to isolated outbreak of light showers over central, western, southwestern, L. Victoria basin and some parts of eastern regions whose weather conditions had been characterized by dry spell during themonths of June and July, 2021.

“Wet conditions therefore, are expected in areas of West Nile, Acholi, Lango, Karamoja, parts of Eastern and Mid-western of Uganda,” the outlook says.

Potential impacts expected during August, 2021

  • The predicted rains over most parts of the north of the country and generally occasional rainfall in the south are expected to result into the following impacts;
  • In Agricultural sector, especially in the north, farmers are advised to continue planting and weeding their crops while farmers in the south are expected to start preparation of their fields in anticipation of second rainy season of September- October- November
  • In pastoral areas especially in cattle corridor, the moderate rains will lead to further improvement in foliage and pasture for livestock.
  • Chances of flooding are still likely in low lying areas including urban centres with poor drainage system especially in the north where rains are expected
  • District authorities are advised to update their contingency plans for better coordination in case of any weather and climate disaster that might occur during this season

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