As from Sunday 28 June to Sunday 5th July 2020, most areas in the south, centre and northern areas of the country are expected to mostly experience cool to cold and cloudy to partly cloudy weather conditions associated with fog, drizzle and rain-showers particularly over high ground and lakeshore areas, with Mwera winds over lake water bodies. This is due to invasion of cool and moist easterly and south easterly airflow induced by a series of high pressure systems passing over the south east coast of South Africa.
The weather pattern is to be further influenced by local factors such as high ground, hills and mountains and water bodies such as lakes over the country.
During the past week of 21 to 28 June 2020 lowest minimum temperatures of 2.8 and 6.1 degrees Celsius were experienced at Kasungu National Park and Mzuzu Airport respectively, on 21 June 2020.
During this June the amount of heat energy that Malawi receives daily from the sun will continue to be low as the position of the sun is still close to the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere on but on its journey back to the Southern hemisphere and therefore is Malawi still experiencing shortest days and longest nights. This will result in chilly weather conditions to continue due loss of more energy during night time and morning hours than during daytime.
As temperatures keep on dropping, the general public is advised to eat 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. Use a glass or metal fire screen on fireplaces large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs. Rooms should have smoke alarms install. Avoid breathing in cold air which can trigger asthma attacks, sore throat and catching cold or flu. Watch for frostbite symptoms which can lead to deep frostbite and move to warmer place immediately. 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 Environment, Tourism and Wildlife
Sunday 28 June 2020