THE Zambia Meteorological Department says the recent hailstorm in some parts of Lusaka was due to a cool vertical atmosphere that did not support its melting into rain.
In a statement following Sunday’s heavy hailstorm, senior meteorological officer Victor Bupe said a cold front over the southeast coast of South Africa tilted towards the north, thereby interacting with the Congo air mass over the eastern half of Zambia.
“The fall of ice found a vertical atmosphere that could not support ice melting into rain,” said Bupe.
‘Snowmania’ hits Lusaka after rare Winter Rains
Images showing some excited residents of Lusaka posing in what appears to be piles of Snow have flooded several social media platforms.
On Sunday evening, Lusaka and surrounding areas recorded heavy rains which turned a hailstorm, a rare occurrence in May.
The hailstorm saw piles of hailstones forming in several parts of the city and covered some busy streets to the amusement of some residents.
In some parts of Makeni area, residents from Children and elderly ones ran out in the chilly weather and posed for photos playing with the hailstones.
Others even started creating structures such as Snowman while others boasted that Lusaka has now started experiencing snow just like other cities in Europe and the Americas.
The hailstorm has now brought it with it low temperatures averaging 12 degrees Celsius from Monday.
The Meteorological Department last month warned that the coming Winter season will be one of the coldest ever recorded.
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