Met Dept to verify Gweru ‘snow’ claims

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HARARE – Although temperatures are dropping drastically as winter settles in, few believe images that are circulating on social media of “snow” in the traditionally cold city of Gweru.

According to reports, areas in lower Gweru were on Friday covered in “snow” as temperatures dipped.

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But nobody seems to believes the reports, including the country’s Meteorological Services Department (Met department), which will dispatch a team to investigate the phenomena.

Contacted for comment, officials from the Met department said they were trying to verify the reports and visit the site where the “snow” is claimed to have fallen.

Senior forecaster Tich Zinyemba warned the pictures may be a hoax.

He said the weather in Gweru in the past few days was mostly sunny despite the temperatures dropping at night.

Zinyemba said the maximum and minimum temperatures were between 17 and nine degrees celsius respectively.

“What I suspect (if true) could be the possibility that frost may have occurred in the early hours of the morning somewhere in Gweru’s environs but certainly not snow,” he said.

He added that he would provide further information upon verification of the exact condition.

The last weather update indicated that frosty weather would be experienced throughout the day, with the lowest temperatures ranging between seven and nine degrees Celsius throughout the country.

The Met department issued a frost occurrence warning and readiness response for farmers into horticulture, hatchery, piggery, poultry and dairy.

“Clear skies at night will result in rapidly falling temperatures, consequently there should be increased risk of ground frost occurring mainly along the central watershed and other wind sheltered places,” read the statement.

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