STATEMENT ON WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE FROM 14TH TO 21ST NOVEMBER 2021

As from Sunday 14th November to Tuesday 16th November 2021, most areas over the south and centre are expected to continue experiencing heavy thunderstorms and rain while partly cloudy with few rain showers over the north, due to a convergence of cool and moist south easterly and warm north easterly air masses.

However as from Wednesday 17th November to Sunday 21st November 2021, most areas mainly over the south and central areas are expected to experience partly cloudy with few thundery rain showers, due to warm north easterly air mass. The country is expected to experience a slight pick in daytime temperature from Wednesday.

During the past week of 7th to 14th November 2021, the highest maximum temperature were as follows: over the south was 45 degree Celsius from Ngabu in Chikwawa on 9th November, 2021; central areas was 38 degree Celsius from Salima 7th November, 2021; over the north was 38.1 degree Celsius from Nkhatabay on 9th November 2021. The highest rainfall reported was from Thyolo with 50mm on 13th November 14, 2021.

During the month of November, most areas will experience a pick in rainfall activities mainly over the southern part of Malawi. At times the rains will be accompanied by strong winds and lightning. The occurrences of thunderstorms are predominant due to the presence of moisture in combination with the presence of prolonged heating of the atmosphere by the sun and also convergences of cool south easterlies and warm north easterlies. Therefore the general public is therefore advised to take precautionary measures such as being in doors whenever thunderstorms occur within the vicinity to avoid being struck by lightning or being harmed by flying objects blown off by gusty winds associated with the thunderstorms. Whenever Mwera winds blow over the Lake Malawi, lake users including fishermen and boat operators are advised to exercise caution due to rough waters.

The public is further advised to religiously pay undivided attention to the continuously available daily, 10-day and weekly weather updates from the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services to be kept safe from any weather related threats. Meanwhile, regardless of the type of weather conditions, let us always protect each other from COVID-19 by wearing a face mask and keep social distance in public places.

 

For further information please contact: The Director, Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources, P. O. Box 1808, Blantyre, Malawi. Tel: (265) 999 911 314; Email: metdept@metmalawi.gov.mw , Website: www.metmalawi.gov.mw  

Place of issue: Blantyre                                                               Date of issue: Sunday, 14th November, 2021