Forecast agency predicts severe rain in Horn of Africa until July

In a notable announcement from Nairobi, Kenya, the Climate Prediction and Applications Center (ICPAC) has forecasted heavy rains in the Horn of Africa from May to July. The northern regions of the area are expected to be significantly wetter than usual during this time.

Specifically, countries such as Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Uganda, and parts of Kenya will experience the brunt of these unusual weather patterns. The ongoing heavy rains have already caused flooding in the region, resulting in casualties and widespread damage.

Kenya has reported over 50 deaths and numerous displacements due to flooding, while neighboring Tanzania has even higher casualties and displacement rates. Despite the natural occurrence of rains in the Horn of Africa during this period, some areas like southern Somalia, western Ethiopia, western Sudan, and central Uganda will face drier conditions than usual.

Additionally, the ICPAC predicts warmer temperatures across the entire region, with places like Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, eastern Kenya, and coastal Tanzania experiencing the highest temperatures. This comes in light of the extreme weather events and alternating climatic conditions seen in the region, a result of the ongoing impact of climate change.

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