Weekly Forecast shows Heavy Rainfall in South Sudan



By: Khamis Cosmas Lokudu

Most areas in South Sudan will face extreme downpours from August 8th –15th 2023 with the possibility of heavy rainfall, South Sudan Meteorological Services warned. 

Western Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Western Bahr El Ghazal, Lakes State, Warrap State, Upper Nile State, Unity State Northern Bahr El Ghazal State to receive very heavy Rain, Pibor Administrative Area and Eastern Equatoria to experience at list (10-50MM) of light rainfall.

The expected warmer temperature is 32 degrees in Eastern Equatoria State in the weekly forecast according to information shared by Badreldin Fartak, the forecaster and Communication officer for South Sudan Meteorological Service.

IGAD Climate Prediction and application center published a similar message warning the member states of the IGAD region about heavy to very heavy rainfall in their weekly estimate. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is predictable in much of Southern Sudan, and Central parts of South Sudan, Northwestern to Northern Ethiopia, and Western Eritrea.

 Flooding is likely to occur in flood-prone zones. On the other hand, high temperatures are expected in parts of Sudan, Eritrea, and the Afar region in Ethiopia, potentially leading to heat-related fatigue. It is advisable for the public to keep hydrated and avoid long periods of direct exposure to the sun, the IGAD center appealed.

Speaking on the phone interview, Simon Taban who is a farmer based in Yei River County said, the climate scientists working for South Sudan Meteorological Services need to organize climate forums in the different states of South Sudan to brief farmers on the outcome of their climate services. 

 People who want this kind of climate information are the farmers who are residing in the states, Counties, Payams, Bomas, and villages due to their agricultural activities. Convening community dialogues on climate-related matters will help farmers with decision-making on agricultural actions” Taban added. 

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