As from Sunday 23rd May into Wednesday 26th May 2021, most areas in south, centre and north of the country are expected to experience cold to very cold, windy and partly cloudy conditions associated with patches of fog and occasional outbreaks of rain drizzle and rain showers particularly over high-ground and lakeshore areas due to cool and moist south easterly airflow. Lake waters such as Lake Malawi are expected to be rough due to Mwera winds with maximum speed of up to 50km/h.
As from Thursday 27 May to Sunday 30th May 2021, most areas in the south, centre and north of the country are expected to experience warm to very warm weather conditions with sunny intervals during day time. However, cool to cold weather conditions with clear skies, incidences of fog and frost in valleys are expected to prevail at night and morning hours. This is due to the dominance of high pressure which is expected to suppress cloud development over the country.
During the past week, lowest temperatures reported were as follows; North was Chikangawa with 07 degrees Celsius on 23rd May 2021, Centre was Lobi with 07 degrees Celsius on 22nd May 2021 while for the South was Makoka with 10 degrees Celsius on 19th and 20th May 2021.
During the months of May to August, Malawi experiences winter season which is associated with cold weather conditions. This is because firstly, during day time during winter, the sun is lower in the sky resulting in shorter days and longer nights with the heating during day times getting shorter resulting in less warming than in summer and therefore colder weather than in summer as indicated by drop in temperatures. Secondly, during the winter season the country also occasionally receives relatively cool and moist airflow from the south east pumped by frequent passages of huge high pressure areas from the Atlantic Ocean into the Indian Ocean through the south east coast of the Republic South Africa.
Due to a drop in temperatures, the general public is advised to eat well, to wear layers of lightweight clothing, gloves, scarfs and even a hat to stay warm and help prevent losing your body heat. Space heaters should be placed on a level, hard surface and away from anything flammable materials and should be turned off before leaving the room or going to bed. Avoid breathing in cold air by staying indoors or by wearing a scarf over the mouth to avoid respiratory illnesses such as sore throat, catching cold and flu when temperatures are low.
Those plying over the Lake Malawi and associated lakes should continue exercising utmost extra caution to avoid loss of life and property due to incursion of Mwera winds.
Motorists should always take care when driving on our roads due to reduced visibility caused by the fog particularly during night time and early morning hours mostly in low lying areas with heavier episodes over high ground due to drop in temperatures.
The public is advised to religiously be paying attention to daily 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.
For further information please contact:
The Director, The 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: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.metmalawi.gov.mw
Place of issue: Blantyre Date of issue: Sunday 23rd May 2021