The rainy period’s conclusion is forecasted to be between December 21st and 27th. Significant heavy rainfall is expected in the western and northern provinces, while the southern region of the country as well as the capital city, Kigali, will likely experience more moderate levels of precipitation. Conversely, the eastern province is predicted to encounter relatively lighter rainfall.
Attributing this rainfall pattern to elevated temperatures observed in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Aimable Gahigi, the Director General of Meteo Rwanda, highlights, "The upcoming rainy season in 2023 will witness a substantial increase in precipitation, comparable to the levels recorded in 1997, 2002, and 2006."
Gahigi strongly recommends that individuals engaged in agriculture take proactive measures, including erosion control, expedited land preparation, timely provision of fertilizers to farmers, and strategic planning for planting seasons. The accuracy of forecasts for this season is an impressive 75.5% for the long term, increasing significantly to 85% for short-term predictions.
Authorities and the general population are earnestly urged to adequately prepare in order to mitigate potential damages and minimize the risk of human losses.