UNMA Predicts Heavy Rain in next 4 months


UNMA Predicts Heavy Rain in next 4 months

The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has issued a warning that Uganda is set to experience substantial rainfall over the next four months. 

During a climate outlook forum in Entebbe, Wakiso District, Mr. Deus Bamanya, UNMA's director for applied meteorology data and climate services, declared 2023 as an El Niño year, indicating that the public should anticipate rainfall levels exceeding the norm. 

This El Niño event has been developing since June and is now at 98 percent of its maturity, resulting in above-average rainfall due to warming in the eastern and central Pacific Ocean. Consequently, the country should prepare for the adverse effects of increased rainfall, including flooding. 

UNMA predicts a delayed onset of seasonal rainfall, with various regions experiencing enhanced rainfall except for the Karamoja Sub-region, which is currently dry but expected to receive suppressed rainfall in October. 

These heavy rains are also expected to lead to an increase in health issues like malaria, diarrhea, and asthma, and could result in significant economic losses due to climate change-related expenses, estimated between $3.2 billion and $5.9 billion.

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