STATEMENT ON WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE FROM 22 TO 29 AUGUST 2021

As from Sunday 22nd August to Monday, 23rd August 2021, most areas in the south, centre and north of the country are expected to experience warm to hot but humid and mostly cloudy weather conditions with a chance of rain showers particularly over the southern areas due to the influence of warm and moist easterly air mass advected into the country.

As from Tuesday 24th August to Sunday 29th August 2021, most areas in the south, centre and north of the country are likely to experience hot to very hot and mostly sunny but hazy and windy weather conditions. This is due to warm airflow from the east of the country. However, from Sunday afternoon, 29 August 2021, cool to cold, and windy weather conditions with rain drizzles are expected to invade the country, with Mwera winds over the lakes of Malawi, Malombe, Chilwa, Chiuta and other water bodies. This is due to the invasion of cool and moist airflow from the south east.

During the past week, the lowest minimum temperatures reported were as follows: over the South, 11 degrees Celsius at Bvumbwe in Thyolo on 17th August and Mimosa in Mulanje on 18th August 2021. Centre 08 degrees Celsius at Lobi in Dedza on 20th August 2021; North, 08 degrees Celsius at Mzuzu Airport on 20th August 2021.

During this time of the year, haze in the air is a predominant phenomenon due to dust devils/ whirlwinds, farming activities, smoke from bush fires, traffic, industry among many others. Motorists should therefore take care when driving on our roads due to reduced visibility particularly during night time and early morning hours, caused by fog mixed haze.

Haze in the air is harmful and may trigger asthma, coughs, sore throat, eye irritation and sneezing. The public is therefore encouraged to reduce physical activities to avoid breathing in dusty and polluted air by staying indoors or wearing masks and scarfs.

Dust-devils/whirlwinds which are destructive to infrastructure such buildings, and contribute to the buildup of haze in the air. The public is encouraged to avoid destruction of trees in their localities to reduce impacts by the whirlwinds. The public is further requested to reduce harmful activities such as burning of bushes and other organic matter to avoid accumulation lessen the formation of haze.  

As most areas are expected to occasionally continue experiencing cold weather, the general public is advised to continue covering up their bodies with warm clothing to stay warm to avoid respiratory illnesses such as sore throat, catching cold and flu when temperatures are low. Those plying over the lake waters should continue exercising utmost extra caution to avoid loss of life and property due to rough waters caused by the invasion of Mwera winds.

As we are towards the end of the month of August, the country starts to experience a considerable pick up in temperatures as the daily sunshine hours continue to increase for each passing day.

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 22nd August 2021