Snow in a Kenyan setting is almost non-existent due to the tropical climate experienced around the country. But residents of Mau area had a different story to tell on Monday September 7.
It is not normal for those residents to experience winter conditions similar to that of western countries. But they, residing in Malik area woke up to patches of snow everywhere.
It was a feat that was taken to note by Bahati Member of Parliament Kimani Ngunjiri who shared a photo of the Mau area drenched in snow on Twitter that has since gone viral.
“This is what Kenyans who live in the upper Mau area of Maliki woke up to this morning.” revealed MP Ngunjiri.
Kenyans underneath the comments expressed their amazement on Mau residents receiving the kind of weather that causes havoc in other countries.
“Climate change is REAL!.. Get out of the forests” urged one Apache Oj on Twitter
“I just imagine how Kikuyus were calling each other to tell them what they see, ‘Hello Njoroge..’,” weighed in another user.
I just imagn how kikuyus were calling each other to tell them wat they see.,.. hello njoro…,.
— last born (@AlexMuendos) September 7, 2020
Residents of Melili and Olokurto in Narok north constituency also experienced bizarre scenes of blankets of snow on the same Monday morning.
The Kenya meteorological department forecasted maximum temperatures of about 19 degrees centigrade with lows of 13 degrees on Monday for Nairobi with several other regions also experiencing similar weather patterns, temperatures that were below average.
According to Dr. Richard Muita, an assistant Director, climate services and head of public weather at the Kenya metrological department, the obtaining situation is not unusual.
The above average hot temperatures towards the end of August and at the beginning of September according to Muita have caused the cold air on the surface to start rising.
“So, what happens is that the warmer air is lighter than the denser cold air which has been persisting on the surface during the cold season. The warm air overlays itself on top of the cold air because its light.” Muita explained to KBC Digital.
In its latest forecast, the meteorological department revealed some parts of the country will continue receiving rainfall during transition from the cold to warm season.
The department however painted a picture of depressed rainfall over several areas over the short rains period with rains forecast to peak in November.