Nairobi residents ought to arm themselves with a pair of sunglasses, sunscreen and a bottle of water if what the weatherman says is anything to go by. The scorching sun is not only expected to extend its days but to also get hotter in the next few weeks with temperatures of at least 29°C and highs of 32°C.
Nairobi’s average temperatures range between 23°C and 24°C, according to the weatherman and the residents are bound to notice the projected highs.
“It never used to be like this. The maximum day-time temperatures in Nairobi would be 28°C. A difference of one degree for someone who is not used to it is stressful,” Kenya Meteorological Department Deputy Director Ayub Shaka noted.
Kenyans across the country are also expected to experience very high temperatures than usual with Mandera expected to be the hottest at a minimum of 37°C and 39°C high. Lodwar continues to be hotter with at least 36°C while Garissa will experience temperatures of 35°C.
The annual daytime temperature patterns, according to Ayub, have changed with an example of North-western Kenya whose temperature continues to increase over the years.
“This, even on a global scale, is considered to be the hottest of the past 10 years. Analyzed data shows that rainfall and temperature patterns are changing,” Ayub said.
According to the Meteorological deputy director, rainfall had slightly dropped in Western Central Highlands Coast and North Eastern regions.
Scientific research reveals that in the last 100 years temperatures have increased by between 0.5 °C and 1 °C across the globe.
High temperatures also affect water resources with an example of the Ndaka-ini dam that is known to supply Murang’a and Nairobi counties with water. In 2018, a time like this, Nairobians had to contend with water rationing following very high temperatures that affected water levels in the dam.