STATEMENT ON WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE FROM 10 TO 17 JANUARY 2021

As from Sunday 10th January to next Sunday 17th January 2021, most areas over the south, centre and north of the country are expected to experience widespread waves of rainfall associated with fog and thunderstorms. The rains are likely to be heavy on occasions particularly along lakeshores and high ground areas in the country. This is due to combined effects of Congo air mass and Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), in addition to the influence of a low pressure cell currently hovering in the Mozambican Channel.

During the past week, more areas in the country experienced heavy rains with the highest rainfall of 128.5mm and 113.4mm were reported on 9th January 2021 at Baka Research and Kasantha station respectively and 118.0mm on 5th December 2021 at Manyamula Agriculture in Mzimba.

The heavy rainfall episodes are likely to trigger flash floods in low lying and flood prone areas. The public is advised to: be aware of flash flood areas such as streams and drainage channels, be ready to evacuate, not walk through moving water or crossing flooding rivers and to listen to weather updates.

Due to high chance of thunderstorms, the general public 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.

Road users should also excise caution when driving on our roads due to reduced visibility and to avoid skidding on muddy roads.

City, town, road authorities, community leaders and the public should continue working towards ensuring that storm-water drainage systems on our roads and localities 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 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 protect each other from COVID-19 by wearing a face mask and keep social distance in public places.

Issued on Sunday 10th January 2021
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