STATEMENT ON WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE FROM 11 TO 18 JULY 2021

As from Sunday 11 July to Tuesday 13th July 2021, most areas in the south, centre and north of the country are expected to experience cool to warm and partly cloudy weather conditions with sunny interludes during day time, but cold to very cold during nighttime and early mornings, associated with fog and occasional touch rain drizzle particularly over highlands and lakeshore areas, due to the influence of easterly waves.

As from Wednesday 14th July to Sunday 18th July 2021, most areas in the south, centre and the north are expected to be overrun by a wave of chilly weather conditions accompanied by dust-blowing winds, fog, drizzle and rain showers particularly over high-ground areas, starting from the south, then centre and northern areas, due to the influence of cool and moist airflow from the south east of Indian Ocean.

During the past week, the lowest temperatures reported were: over the South, 09 degrees Celsius at Makoka in Zomba on 10th July 2021; Centre- 06 degrees Celsius at Dedza Boma on 10th July 2021; North- 06 degrees Celsius at Mzuzu University on 11th July 2021.

During the month of July, the amount of heat energy received from the sun will continue to be low as the position of the sun is still close to the Tropic of Cancer over northern hemisphere but on its journey to the Southern hemisphere. Malawi will therefore still be experiencing shortest days and longest nights, resulting in chilly weather to continue due loss of more energy during night time and morning hours than during daytime.

With continuation of low temperatures, the general public is advised to eat energy giving foods, to wear warm clothing, gloves, scarfs and hats to stay warm and prevent loss of body heat and to avoid hypothermia, a condition due to a dangerous drop in body temperature due to prolonged exposure to cold weather. Space heaters should be placed away from any flammable items such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Space heaters should be turned off and fireplace embers be put out before going to bed. Avoid breathing in cold air which can trigger asthma attacks, sore throat, pneumonia and catching cold or flu. Avoid frostbite and move to warmer place. Maintain regular contact with vulnerable people to be at risk in cold weather and ensure they have access to warm food or drinks, warm clothing and are managing to heat their home adequately.

Those plying over the Lake water should exercise utmost extra caution to avoid loss of life and property due to incursion of Mwera winds. Motorists should take care when driving on our roads due to reduced visibility particularly during night time and early morning hours.

The public is advised to continue paying attention to 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.

For further information please contact:

The Director, The 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

 

Place of issue: Blantyre                            Date of issue: Sunday 11th July 2021