During the second ten day period of December (11-20) 2015 most areas in the country experienced a reduction in amounts of rainfall received compared to the previous dekad (1-10) of the same month.
Warm to hot conditions with mean maximum temperatures ranging from 22.0 to 31.5 degrees centigrade were experienced across the country.
For the next ten days, 21st to 31st December, 2015 there are high chances of the South-Western, Eastern and Central parts of the country experiencing moderate rainfall associated with humid westerly air mass from Congo basin.
More about the weather report and advisories for the last dekad in December 2015 visit: http://www.unma.go.ug/index.php/climate/dekadals
Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) will observe Xmas/New year break in accordance with Uganda Government requirements from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th December, 2015 and Friday 1st- Sunday 3rd January, 2016 respectively.
As Government Officers, all staff of UNMA are informed that the Authority will close for official business to the Public on Thursday 24th December, 2015 at 5:00 pm. It will open for official business to the Public on Monday 28th December, 2015 at 8:00 am.
However, staff at NMC Entebbe, upcountry stations and those undertaking critical functions shall continue with the normal schedules during Christmas and New Year festive season.
In its monthly rainfall analysis for November 2015, UNMA indicates that most parts of the country received above normal (average) rainfall compared with Long Term Mean (LTM) rainfall. Enhanced rainfall was evident in all parts of the country but more pronounced in Western, Central and Eastern parts of Uganda with Kampala station recording the highest monthly total rainfall of 343.5mm followed by Soroti with 310.6mm and Kawanda with 268.8mm.
The El Niño 2015-16 episode which has been evolving since June 2015 has reached its peak (100%). It has been ranked to be among the three strongest El Niño events since 1950. The current El Niño is likely to persist well into 2016
Overall, there is an increased likelihood of near normal to above normal (enhanced) rainfall over most parts of Uganda during the month of December. The rainfall distribution, both in time and space, is expected to remain generally good especially over the western, southern, central and Eastern parts of the country. However, the seasonal rainfall is expected to cease over the northern parts and continue in other parts of the country especially the western, Central and Eastern Uganda extending into January and February 2016.
For the compiled monthly performance report for November and Dekad-1 Bulletin for December 2015 visit: