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Kenya: Weatherman says cold to prevail till September

Nairobi residents dressed warmly on August 3, 2013

Nairobi residents dressed warmly on August 3, 2013

The current cold spell engulfing most parts of the country is expected to prevail until the end of this month, the Meteorological Department says.

Speaking to the Nation, Meteorological department deputy director (forecasting) Peter Ambenje yesterday termed the cold spell as “normal” during this season.

“The coldest temperatures recorded in the last two days were in Nyahururu which had 7.5 degrees centigrade on Saturday and 6.6 yesterday.

“Other stations which recorded temperatures below 10 degrees centigrade were in Eldoret (Kapsowar) which recorded 9.1 and 9.4 degrees centigrade and Eldoret Airport with 9.3 and 9.4 degrees centigrade,” Mr Ambenje added.

At the same time, Mr Ambenje said areas where lower temperatures were recorded (less than 20 degrees) at the weekend were in Nairobi (12), Nyahururu (19.2 and 17.5), Narok (17.1), Nyeri (16.5 and 17.5), Meru (18.1), Dagoretti Corner (17.1 and 16.5), Wilson (18.5), Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (18.5), Machakos (19.9 and 18.9), Kabete (16.2) Ngong (16.4 and 15.3) and Kangema (16.2 and 16.2).

“The Coast region recorded a maximum of between 27 to 28 degree centigrade which is cold for an area which usually records temperatures ranging between 31 to 32 degree centigrade,” Mr Ambenje added.

The deputy director cautioned people to avoid lighting jikos and closing windows in their houses to keep warm warning that they risked inhaling carbon monoxide which is poisonous.

“Motorists driving near Naivasha should avoid speeding due to the foggy conditions prevailing in the area. “Cases of common cold and asthma are likely to rise and people should therefore wear warm clothes,” Mr Ambenje said.

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