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MET department responds after Ruto remarks on now unlikely El-Nino

Kenya Meteorological (MET) Department maintains Kenya will experience high levels of rainfall following Ruto’s remarks on El-Nino.

The Meteorological Department in an update released on Monday indicated that rainfall is expected to continue over several parts of the country, with the Highlands East of the Rift Valley and North-eastern Kenya likely to experience isolated storms.

“High average daytime (maximum) temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius are expected over several parts of the country including the Coast, North-eastern and North-western Kenya,” read the statement in part.

“A few areas in the Highlands East and West of the Rift Valley, the South-eastern lowlands and the Rift Valley will experience low average night-time (minimum) temperatures of less than 10 degrees Celsius.”

The update by the MET department comes a day after President William Ruto noted that the country would not experience El Nino but significant rains. 

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Speaking on Sunday, Ruto said the meteorologists had rescinded their earlier projection predicting the possibility of El-Nino rains.

“We heard reports that the country will experience El Nino rains, which have the potential to destroy property. But God has been faithful,” the President stated.

“We have now heard the meteorologists saying that will no longer be the case. We will just have heavy rains. We thank God.”

In an earlier projection, the Kenya Meteorological Department had indicated that Kenya would experience El Nino between the months of October and December.

In some regions like Western Kenya and parts of Rift Valley, the Department had indicated that El Nino effects would extend to January 2024.

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