STATEMENT ON WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE FROM 25 OCTOBER TO 1 NOVEMBER 2020


As from Sunday 25th October to Friday 30th October 2020, most of the south, central and northern areas of the country are expected to experience hot to very hot, hazy, mostly sunny with partly cloudy weather conditions and a chance of sporadic thunderstorms particularly over southern and central highlands and lakeshore areas of lake Malawi due to influx of warm easterly to north easterly airflow into the country.

As from Saturday 31 October to Sunday 1st November 2020, most of the areas in the country starting with southern areas but gradually and progressively followed by centre and northern areas are likely to experience strong winds trailed by rain showers and thunderstorms associated with lightning due to the passage of an area of interaction of a warm and dry airflow from the east to north east with a cool and moist airflow from south east. Temperatures are expected to be warm to hot but very hot in low lying areas.
Rough waters on Lake Malawi and other water bodies are expected due to occurrence of Mwera winds.
Highest maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius was reported at Ngabu Meteorological Station in Lower Shire on 20 and 21 October 2020.

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.

Haze will continue to be a predominant phenomenon due to increase in dust from dry bare grounds and smoke from farming activities, bushfires, traffic and industry which lead to reduction in visibility. High levels of haze may trigger healthy problems such as asthma, coughs, eye irritation and sneezing. To avoid loss of life and property, the public particularly the vulnerable people such as children and the elderly should adopt preventive measures such as reducing physical activities and staying indoors while road users should excise caution when driving on our roads due to reduced visibility when occurrence of fog and haze is impending.

Due to the continued hot weather conditions, the public is advised to drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. 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.

Issued on Sunday 25th October 2020

For further information please contact:

The Director, Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services Mr. 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: