STATEMENT ON WEEKLY WEATHER UPDATE AS FROM 24 JUNE TO 1ST JULY 2018

MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES, ENERGY AND MINING

Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services

 

As from Sunday 24 June to Sunday 1st July, most areas in the country are expected to continue experiencing cool and partly cloudy weather conditions during day time, but cool to locally very cold weather conditions to persist at night and morning hours, with mild Mwera winds over the lake and a possibility of frost and fog patches in valleys and highlands while patches of rain drizzle and rain showers are likely to be experienced over northern highlands and lake shore areas due to moist easterly airflow and south easterly airflow from high pressure areas over southern African sub-continent affect the weather over the country.

Lowest temperatures experienced in degrees Celsius as recorded in meteorological stations during the past week from 18 to 24th June 2018 are as follows:

 

18 JUNE 2018

South: Bvumbwe & Makoka 11, Mimosa 16, Ntaja 18, Monkeybay 20, Mangochi 21, Ngabu 25,

Central: Dedza 8, KIA 10, Nkhotakota 19

North: Bolero 11, Nkhatabay 14, Karonga 17,

 

19 JUNE 2018

South: Bvumbwe 11, Mimosa 12, Chichiri 14, Makoka 14, Chileka 15, Ntaja 16, Ngabu 19, Monkeybay 19, Mangochi 18

Central:  Dedza 9, (KIA, Kasungu & Chitedze) 14, Salima 17, Nkhotakota 18

North: Mzimba 8, Bolero 9, Mzuzu 10, Chitipa 11, Nkhatabay 15,

 

20 JUNE 2018

South: Bvumbwe & Makoka 12, Mimosa 13, Ntaja 14, Mangochi 15, Chichiri 16, Chileka 16, Monkeybay 17, Ngabu 18,

Central: Dedza 9, KIA 10, Kasungu 11, Salima 14, Nkhotakota 15

North: Mzuzu 8, Bolero 10, Chitipa 11, Mzimba 12, Nkhatabay 14, Karonga 18

21 JUNE 2018

South: Bvumbwe 10, Chichiri & Chileka 13, Mimosa 16, Monkeybay 18, Mangochi 18 Ngabu 20,

Central: Dedza 10, KIA 13, Salima & Nkhotakota 16

North: Mzuzu 11, Bolero 12, Chitipa 15

 

22 JUNE 2018

South: Bvumbwe 12, Makoka 13, Chileka & Zomba NSO 14, Mimosa & Ntaja 16, Mangochi & Ngabu 18, Monkeybay 19

Central: Dedza 10, KIA 11, Salima 20, Nkhotakota 16

North: Mzuzu 11, Bolero 13, Chitipa 15, Nkhatabay 16, Karonga 19

 

23 JUNE 2018

South: Bvumbwe 11, Makoka 13, Chileka 14, Ntaja 15, Monkeybay 19

Central: KIA 8, Dedza 11, Salima 19

North: Mzuzu 10, Karonga 12, Mzimba 14, Chitipa 15, Nkhatabay 16

 

24 JUNE 2018

North: Mzuzu 9, Chitipa 15, Nkhatabay 15, Mzimba 13, Bolero 11

Central: Dedza & Kasungu 10, KIA 11, Salima 17

South: Makoka 12, Mimosa & Chileka 14, Ntaja 15

As the country continues to experience winter weather season characterized by chilly weather conditions with cold nights and locally very cold mornings that started in May, the position of the sun is currently still in the northern hemisphere where it reached its northernmost point at Tropical of Cancer on 21st June 2018, the point where it stopped its northwards movement over northern hemisphere and has since reversed its direction and has started its southward movement back towards the equator.

However, nights will continue to be longer than day time resulting in chilly weather conditions to be experienced due loss of more energy during night time and morning hours than during daytime enhanced by the presence of clear skies causing nights to be very cold.

The country will also occasionally continue to receive relatively cool and moist airflow from the south east propelled from high pressure areas while moving from the Atlantic Ocean into the Indian Ocean which will sometimes be associated with frequent occurrences of rain drizzle over highlands locally known as Chiperoni thereby intensifying the drop in temperatures, with fog patches in valleys and high ground with sporadic outburst of Mwera wind over Lake Malawi.

Due to drop temperatures caused by the cold weather during, the general public is advised to continue eating well particularly energy giving foods, to wear layers of lightweight clothing, gloves, scarfs and hats wherever necessary to stay warm and prevent loss of body heat and  hypothermia which is a potentially dangerous drop in body temperature whose warning symptoms are feeling miserably cold and cause uncontrollable severe shivering usually caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures by staying indoors.

Space heaters should be placed on a level hard surface and 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 or when going out of the room. Use a glass or metal fire screen on fireplaces large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

If possible, rooms should have smoke alarms installed. Avoid breathing in cold air which can trigger asthma attacks, sore throat and catching cold or flu. Avoid prolonged contact with frost which can lead to deep frostbite.

Maintain regular contact with vulnerable people to be at risk in cold weather and ensure they have access to warm food or drinks and are managing to heat their home adequately.

The public is advised to be weather-ready and weather-wise by religiously paying attention to the continuously available daily and weekly weather updates from the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services to ensure seamless use of weather information on all timescales in order to be kept safe from any weather related threats.

Issued by:

Jolamu Nkhokwe

Director of Climate Change and Meteorological Services

Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining

Sunday 24 June 2018

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