The statement signed by Acting Executive Director of UNMA Paul Isabirye warns of flooding in urban areas ,low lying areas, mudslides in the mountainous areas and lightning strikes coupled with strong winds.
According to the seasonal rainfall outlook for June to August 2019 issued by Uganda National Meteorological Authority for Northern and Southern Parts of Central Uganda the rains were supposed to persist till June and dry season set in July. Thereafter the isolated rains were expected to prevail until end of the season.
The district has been experiencing the dry spell since mid-June throughout the month of July to date. The farmers say harsh weather has caused crops like maize, beans, millet, sorghum and groundnuts that were planted early in May to wither.
During the second half of the forecast period, rainfall is expected to become less widespread and will be concentrated over southwestern and eastern Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, coastal Kenya, and northern and coast.
The World Meteorological Organisation has released its annual State of Global Climate report chronicling impacts of global warming over the last year. The report says extreme weather and climate conditions have continued in 2017 even as the year 2016 made history, with a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat.
The country that used to have over one thousand rain gauges spread over sixteen climatic zones now has less than four hundred functioning ones. Only one hundred of the existing stations regularly provided rain data to the national radar.
Uganda National Meteorological Authority issued accurate weather forecasts but farmers did not use the forecasts and advisories. Many districts have as result realized crop failures which should have been avoided.