Most ASAL counties experienced sunny, hot and dry weather conditions for most of January 2019, which is usual for this time of the year. However, few counties such as Baringo, Embu (Mbeere), Laikipia, Meru (Meru North), Makueni, Narok, Nyeri (Kieni) and Taita Taveta received some little offseason rainfall at the beginning of the month. The rains were generally poorly distributed, both in time and space.

During the month, higher-than-average daytime temperatures were recorded over the entire ASAL region, which led to high rate of evaporation and evapotranspiration, causing rapid drying up of dams, water pans, and moisture stress/wilting in pasture and crops.

Get details on drought status in the National drought status bulletin, January 2019