STATEMENT ON WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE FROM 17TH TO 24TH MAY 2020

As from Sunday 17th May to Monday 19th May 2020, most areas in the south, central and northern areas of the country are expected to continue experiencing warm to hot and mostly sunny weather conditions with occasional touch of cloudiness during day time, but cool to cold and very cold weather conditions overnight and during early morning hours due to clear skies influenced by a ridge of a high pressure area siting over southern Africa which will be suppressing cloud development over the country.

As from Tuesday 19th May to Sunday 24th May 2020, most of the south, centre, and northern areas of the country are expected to experience cool to cold weather conditions with occasional rain drizzle and rain showers, particularly over high ground areas, and Mwera wind over lake waters with fog in low lying areas and highlands mostly during night and morning hours due to cool and moist airflow from the south east, with occasional interlude of sunny periods.

During the month of May, the apparent position of the sun continues to move northwards to reach its northernmost point at Tropical of Cancer on 21 June 2020 when Malawi will experience the longest night hours than day-time hours. Temperatures will continue falling as the amount of heat energy from the sun continues weakening compounded by clear skies and an invasion of cool and moist airflow from south-east.
The general public is therefore 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. When using space heaters, the public is being advised place the heaters 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 wearing a scarf over the mouth to avoid sore throat, catching cold and flu when temperatures are low. Avoid being in prolonged contact with frost which can cause frostbite and consequently loss of fingers, toes and even parts of limbs. 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.

As the public is at risk of prolonged exposure to very low temperatures which can cause potentially life-threatening conditions, the public is advised to be Weather-ready and Climate Smart by religiously paying undivided attention to the continuously available daily and weekly weather updates from the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services to ensure seamless use of weather information on all timescales and therefore be kept safe from any weather related threats.

Issued by: Jolamu Nkhokwe
Director of Climate Change and Meteorological Services
Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Wildlife
Sunday 17 May 2020
Blantyre