The much-anticipated long rains will be delayed to the third or fourth week of March as temperatures continue to rise in many parts of the country.

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The Kenya Meteorological Department said counties in North Eastern will experience high temperatures for the next three weeks.

According to the meteorological department, temperature deviation since January will see North Eastern region record temperatures above 41C.

Temperatures will hit a high of 40 degrees in Garissa and Wajir County as the long rains season which usually begins mid-February to May in most parts of the country will be delayed.

Met department deputy director Ayub Shaka said Mandera is currently the hottest place in the country with temperatures of between 37C and 39C followed by Lodwar with 36C and Garissa with 35C.

“Temperatures in the North Eastern region are expected to exceed 41C in the next three weeks,” said the weatherman.

The unusually high temperatures currently being experienced in various parts of the country have been attributed to decline in forest cover in the country and global warming.

Other counties to experience high temperatures include Kitui, Makueni, Machakos, Kajiado, Taita Taveta, Nairobi, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang'a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu and Tharaka.

“The average annual temperatures in Nairobi are usually between 23C and 24C. The daytime temperatures in the city can rise to over 28C and this can be stressful for those not used to this very high temperatures,” said Shaka.