STATEMENT ON WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE 29 NOVEMBER TO 6 DECEMBER 2020

As from Sunday 29 November to Tuesday 1st December 2020, most areas over the south, centre and northern areas of the country are expected to continue experiencing hot to very hot with isolated to scattered thunderstorms with heavy episodes along the lakeshore, southern and central highlands due to the influence of unsteady airflow from the east and north east.

As from Wednesday 2 December to Sunday 6th December 2020, most areas in the south, centre and north of the country are expected to experience a wave of scattered to widespread thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds, starting from the south and to progressively spread to central and northern areas. The thunderstorms are likely and occasionally be heavy and widespread mostly over the south, centre and along lakeshore areas. This is due to the passage of a convergence of airflows from the south east and north east. Lake waters are expected to be rough due to Mwera winds.

The weather pattern over the country is to be further influenced by local factors such as the lake, high ground, hills and mountains.
During the past week very hot weather conditions with heavy rains associated with thunderstorms were experienced over most areas of the country. Bangula Automatic Weather Station recorded highest maximum temperature of 46 degrees Celsius on 26th November 2020. Highest rainfall amount of 32 millimeters was reported at Chichiri Meteorological Station and Phalula Agriculture on 26th November 2020.
The occurrence of thunderstorms is associated with strong winds, thunder and lightning and can cause damages to property and life. The general public is therefore advised to take precautionary measures during a thunderstorm occurrence within the vicinity such as being in doors, avoid playing on an open ground, avoid seeking shelters under trees to avoid being struck by lightning, avoid moving in rains, and avoid physical interaction with electrical appliances whenever thunderstorms occur within the vicinity. Road users should excise caution when driving on our roads due to reduced visibility. Lake users including fishermen and boat operators are advised to exercise caution due to rough waters due to Mwera winds.
Due to the continued hot weather conditions, the public is advised to continue drinking plenty of water to stay well hydrated.
City, town, road authorities, community leaders and the public should ensure that storm-water drainage systems on our roads are well managed, clear of rubbish to ease flow of storm-water runoff during any rainfall event in addition to filling up potholes on the roads.

The public is further advised to continuously access and utilize 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 protect each other from COVID-19 by wearing a face mask and keep social distance in public places.

Issued on Sunday 29th November 2020
For further information please contact:
The Director, Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Jolamu Nkhokwe, 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