DCCMS warns of continued weather change

The Department of Climate Change and Metrological Services (DCCMS) which is under the Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources says Malawians should brave themselves for a continued weather change in the country.

DCCMS says as from Sunday 4 July to Monday night 5 July, 2021, most areas in South, Centre and North of the country are expected to continue experiencing warm to hot and sunny weather conditions during day time but cool to very cold weather conditions at night and morning hours, with chance of frost and fog in mostly in valleys due to the influence of a high pressure induces clear skies over the country.

The department says as from Monday July 5 to July 11, 2021 most areas over the south, centre and north are expected to experience chilly weather conditions associated with dust blowing winds and outbreaks of rain drizzles and showers particular highlands. This is due to influx of cool and most airflow from south east of the Indian ocean. Moderate to strong Mwera winds are expected over lakes of Malawi, Malombe, Chilwa and other water bodies.

According to the statement the department has issued dated July 4, 2021, the department says during the past week, the lowest temperatures reported were as follows: Over the south 08 degree Celsius at Namitambo in Chiradzulu on June 29, 2021, Centre 02 degree Celsius at Bilira in Ntcheu on July 4, 2021 and North, 05 degree Celsius at Mzuzu Airport on July 4, 2021.

The statement reads: “Due to a drop in temperatures, general public is advised to eat well, to wear warm clothing, cloves, scarves and hats to stay warm. Space heaters should be placed on a level, hard surface and away from anything flammable and materials and should be turned off before leaving the room or going to bed. Avoid breathing in cold air by staying indoors or by wearing a scarf over the mouth to avoid respiratory illnesses such as sore throat, catching cold and flu when temperatures are low.

“Those playing over the lake Malawi and associated lakes should continue exercising extra caution to avoid loss of life and property to incursion of Mwera winds. Motorists should take care when driving on our roads due to reduced visibility particularly during night and early morning hours. Farmers should take advantage of any winter rains to carry out winter farming".

The department further says the lengths of day-time hours continue to increase for each passing day, as the position of the sun is gradually moving away from the Tropical of Cancer latitude the farthest point in the northern hemisphere it reaches one every year in June.

Meanwhile, the department is further advising the general public to continue paying attention to weather updates from the Department of Climate Change and Metrological Services to be kept safe any weather-related threats.