STATEMENT ON WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE FROM 4 TO 11 APRIL 2021

As from Sunday 4th April to Sunday 11th April 2021, most areas in the south and centre are likely to experience mostly cool to warm, windy and partly cloudy weather conditions interspaced with sunny intervals at times during day time, but cool to locally cold and windy weather conditions at night and morning hours, with occasional fog and rain drizzles particularly over high ground areas. This is due to infiltration of cool and moist airflow from the south east. Meanwhile, most of the northern areas are likely to experience scattered rainfall associated with thunderstorms due to the influence of the Inter-Tropical convergence zone which is lying over Tanzania.

Rough waters are expected over the lake. This is due to Mwera winds as cool airflow injected from the south east invades the country.

 During the past week, heavy rains were experienced over the north with the highest of 279.0mm reported on 29th March 2021 from Chintheche in Nkhata Bay, followed by Kasantha in Karonga with 208.1mm on 1st April 2021, and 115mm at Luhomero in Mzimba.

Climatologically the month of April is the transition month from summer into winter season as the rainfall season is gradually coming to an end, starting from the south followed by the centre, and eventually the northern areas of the country by end of April into the first days of the month of May.

Road users in country should continue excising caution when driving on our roads due to reduced visibility due to occurrence of fog.

Due to high chance of thunderstorms particularly over the north, the general public in the country is advised to be in doors, not touch electrical equipment, avoid plumbing, not bath or wash dishes, stay away from windows and doors, not swim or fish, stay at a low spot away from trees, and not sit on verandahs whenever there is a thunderstorm in the vicinity.

Due to drop temperatures, the general public is advised to continue eating well particularly energy giving foods, to wear warm clothing wherever necessary to stay warm. Avoid breathing in cold air which can trigger asthma attacks, sore throat and catching cold or flu.

Lake users should avoid using the lake whenever there are Mwera winds over the lake.

The public in the country is further advised to religiously continue paying 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 protect each other from COVID-19 by wearing a face mask and keep social distance in public places.

 

Issued on Sunday 4th April 2021

For further information please contact: The Director, Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Ministry of[1] 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