Climate Information Factsheet: Zimbabwe
This factsheet summarizes current and projected climate conditions for Zimbabwe. It can serve as a resource to the climate risk screening process for USAID strategies.
It includes information on major climate categories: temperature, precipitation and flooding, drought, sea level rise and storm surge, and winds and other storms. This is broken into current conditions, 2030 projections and 2050 projections. Full sourcing is documented.
For example, it notes a general warming trend in the past 50 years. The timing and amount of rainfall are becoming increasingly uncertain. In the past three decades, there has been a trend of heavy rainfall and drought back to back in the same season.
By mid-century, the mean annual temperature in Zimbabwe is projected to rise by .95°C, 1.68°C and 2.66°C for the 10th, 50th and 90th percentiles, respectively, for the RCP4.5 model ensemble runs. There is high confidence that the duration of heat waves and warm dry spells will increase.
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