TMA issues weather forecast for March-May rainfall season

15Feb 2020
Henry Mwangonde
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
TMA issues weather forecast for March-May rainfall season

THE Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) yesterday issued a climate outlook for March - May ‘Masika’ rainfall season which show the likelihood of normal to above normal rains in most parts of the country which may have impacts to livelihoods.

The outlook describes the evolution of the climate systems and outlook for the next three month’s rainfall season, advisories and early warnings to various weather sensitive sectors including agriculture and food security, livestock and wildlife, natural resources and tourism.

The Masika rainfall season is specific to areas of the northeastern highlands (Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro regions), northern coast Dar es Salaam, Pwani (including Mafia island, Tanga regions, northern parts of Morogoro region, and Unguja and Pemba isles, Lake Victoria Basin (Kagera, Geita, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Simiyu and Mara regions) and the northern parts of Kigoma region.

According to TMA regions that are expected to receive normal to above normal rains includes Tanga, Unguja and Pemba islands as well as most areas of Arusha, Manyara and Kilimanjaro regions, together with eastern parts of Geita, Mwanza, Shinyanga, Simiyu and Mara.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, TMA Director General Dr Agness Kijazi said sufficient rains especially over the areas expected to receive normal to above normal rains are likely to favour crops which are adaptive to excessive soil moisture such as paddy.

“Short periods of heavy rains may be expected even over the areas which are anticipated to have normal to below normal rains, thus necessary precaution should be taken to avoid any negative impacts,” she said.

Other areas include Kagera and western parts of Geita region, northern parts of Kigoma region, Dar es Salaam, Pwani including the Island of Mafia) and northern parts of Morogoro region which are likely to feature normal to below normal rains.

TMA also said the ongoing off-seasonal rains over the bimodal areas are likely to coincide with the start of MAM 2020 season, particularly over the northern coast.