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Uganda’s National Meteorological Authority Forecasts Varied Rainfall Patterns for August 2023, Reflects on Dry July


The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has released its monthly rainfall update for August 2023, revealing a diverse outlook for the country’s regions.

As the nation aims to adapt to climate changes, the report sheds light on potential impacts across various sectors, from agriculture to disaster management.

August Outlook:

The UNMA report indicates that August 2023 is poised to bring a mix of rainfall patterns across Uganda. While northern regions, parts of the east, and mid-western areas are predicted to receive near normal (slightly enhanced) rainfall, portions of the western and central regions are expected to experience near normal to below normal (below average) rainfall. This forecast aims to provide crucial insights for planning and decision-making in sectors highly influenced by precipitation.

July Review:

Reflecting on the past month, the analysis of observed rainfall for July 2023 showed predominantly dry conditions throughout the country. While some areas experienced minimal rainfall, others faced no precipitation at all. The highest recorded rainfall was seen at Buginyanya and Gibuzale stations, with 181.3mm and 146mm, respectively.

Impact Across Sectors:

The report highlights several key impacts that these rainfall patterns are likely to have on different sectors:

Agriculture: Farmers in northern and eastern regions are advised to continue weeding and pesticide application, while land preparation for the next season is recommended in other areas. Strong winds accompanying the onset of rains may affect crops.

Pastoral Areas: Rains are expected to enhance foliage and pasture, benefiting livestock. Pasture preservation and management are encouraged.

Water Availability: Communities are urged to harvest water for domestic use and small-scale irrigation.

Urban Planning: Local authorities, particularly in urban centers, are advised to focus on drainage systems to mitigate flash floods expected during the upcoming September to December rainfall season.

Health: Increased mosquito breeding due to on-and-off rains in August raises the risk of malaria. Health officials are advised to intensify disease surveillance and education campaigns.

Disaster Management: Low-lying areas, especially in northern and eastern regions, are susceptible to flooding. Vigilance and preparedness are recommended.

Climate Influences:

The report also touches on the influence of climate phenomena such as the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD). The UNMA reveals that while ENSO conditions indicate a weak El Nino, the IOD is neutral but predicted to turn positive, potentially influencing rainfall patterns in Uganda.

In light of these findings, UNMA continues to monitor weather systems, providing regular updates and forecasts to help Ugandans navigate the challenges posed by changing climatic conditions.

As Uganda grapples with the dynamic nature of its climate, the Uganda National Meteorological Authority’s insights provide valuable guidance for sectors ranging from agriculture to health.

By staying informed about the expected rainfall patterns and potential impacts, Ugandans can better prepare and adapt to the ever-evolving environmental conditions.

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