STATEMENT ON WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATES FROM 17 TO 24 OCTOBER 2021

As from Sunday 17th October into Monday 18th October 2021, most areas in the south, centre and the north of the country are expected to continue experiencing hot to very hot, partly cloudy and hazy weather conditions. This is due to the influence of warm airmass from the east of the country.

As from late afternoon into evening on Monday 18th October to Thursday 21st October 2021, most areas over the south, centre and the north are expected to experience a wave of chilly, windy and mostly partly cloudy weather conditions, with rain showers, starting from the south, with heavy occurrences over high-ground and lakeshore areas. This is due to an invading cool and moist airflow from the south east interacting with warm easterly airflow over the country. Mwera winds are expected are expected to cause rough waters over Lakes of Malawi, Malombe, Chilwa, and Chiuta.

As from Friday 22 October to Sunday 24th October 2021, most areas over the south, centre and the north of the country are expected to again experience hot to very hot and mostly sunny and hazy weather conditions due to influx of warm easterly air mass into the country.

During the past week, the highest maximum temperatures reported were: South, 41 degrees Celsius at Ngabu on 10 October 2021; centre was 34 degrees Celsius at Nkhotakota on 10th October 2021 and; North was 35 degrees Celsius at Nkhatabay on 16th October 2021.

During the month of October, the country experiences a considerable pick up in temperatures. Dust devils or whirlwinds will continue to dump dust and debris on their pathways. Due to hot weather conditions, the public is advised to drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.

Those plying over the lake waters should exercise utmost extra caution to avoid loss of life and property due to rough waters caused by the invasion of Mwera winds and easterly strong winds.

City, town, road authorities, local authorities and the public should clear debris in the storm-water drainage systems on our roads to ease flow of storm-water runoff during a rainfall event.

Meanwhile, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has released a statement indicating that during the period October 2021 to March 2022 many parts of the country are likely to receive good rainfall amounts. However, extreme weather events such as heavy rains leading to floods are likely to occur in prone areas while pockets of dry spells are likely to occur in some parts of the country during the season.

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.

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  

Be Wise. Be Weather-wise

 

Place of issue: Blantyre                                                 Date of issue: Sunday, 17th October, 2021