This is due to the influence of an inland high pressure system which is suppressing cloud development.
Expect lake waters to be mostly calm due to the weakening of Mwera winds.
During the past week of 02nd August to 9th August 2020 the lowest minimum temperature of 6 0c was reported at Dedza meteorological station on 9th August 2020, and 7 0c at Kasungu Meteorological station on 5th August 2020.
As the country is continuing experiencing winter weather season that started in May 2020, the weather will further be influenced by local factors such as clear skies, altitude, water bodies, towns and cities.
With prolonged exposure to the very low temperatures, the public continues to be at risk to potentially life-threatening conditions such as frostbite and hypothermia in addition to suffering from sore throat, or catching cold and flu with infants and the elderly being the most vulnerable to such exposure. The general public is therefore being advised to continue staying warm by eating energy giving foods and wear warm clothing and wherever possible avoid directly breathing-in cold air and being in prolonged contact with frost. The public in general is further advised to pay due attention for daily weather updates on local television, radios and social media when planning daily activities.
During the month of August, most areas in the country will continue experiencing cold weather conditions. The public continues to be at risk of prolonged exposure to very low temperatures which can cause potentially life-threatening conditions such as hypothermia in addition to suffering from sore throat, or catching cold and flu with infants and the elderly being the most vulnerable to such exposure. Room-space heaters should be placed away from flammable items to avoid dangerous house or office fires. Fire from charcoal burners should completely be extinguished with no trace of fire before going to sleep to avoid inhaling toxic carbon monoxide or causing house fires while asleep. 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.
The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services is closely monitoring weather developments to keep the Malawi nation well informed and kept safe from identified weather related threats during this winter season. Let us all remember to always wear face masks as we go out to public places as take part in fighting against COVID-19 regardless of the type of weather condition.
Issued by: Jolamu Nkhokwe
Director of Climate Change and Meteorological Services
Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources
Sunday 9th August 2020