Drought, floods forecast for Malawi rainy season: MET warns of El Niño

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (MET) has warned farmers of a possible El Nino-induced drought during the crop-growing season.

Nkhokwe: Malawians should brace themselves

Announcing the 2018/2019 rainfall season forecast, Ma director of the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Jolamu Nkhokwe,  told a news conferene that there is a chance of an El Nino rainfall pattern  developing from end November characterized by dry spells, but heavy down pours in the country’s northern parts resulting in heavy floods.

Usually, the November/December to January period is when these parts experience normal rainfall for farmers to plant.

Nkhokwe said it was the full mandate of the department to annually update the citizenry on weather and climate so that everyone makes an informed decision.

“We are now going full throttle nationwide and beyond through our key working partners and the media at large in sensitizing the country’s residents that due to the effects of moderate ‘El-nino’ towards the end of November, the 2018/19 national rainfall forecast, northern areas are expected to receive normal and above rainfall amounts and severe floods are likely to occur.

“This is in sharp contrast with the country’s southern parts where certain areas are to experience moderate dry spells and this is why it is being projected that the country as a whole shall experience a moderate ‘El-nino’ rainfall weather pattern,” Nkhokwe emphasized.

This implies that impacts associated with reduced or increased rainfall amounts such as prolonged dry spells and floods respectively are likely to occur during the season.

He said the department is committed to continuously issue seasonal updates on daily forecast, whilst monitoring and issuing pieces of advice on the development and movement of the tropical cyclones over the South West Indian during the 2018/2019 rainfall season.

Earlier, the Principal Meteorologist responsible for Weather and Agriculture, Adams Chavula, said it is only through the knowledge of  updated seasonal forecasts that could enable a commercially and competent producing farmer realise his or her vision.

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Mesimadzi
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Mesimadzi

Kumpoto kwake kuti? Zoti kukhala ma floods simunamve, ambwenumbwenu inu? Why being mpoto obsessed?

Dumerang
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Dumerang

What has this to do with Ambwenumbwenu. Usavage winayu ngomvesa chisoni

Maloto
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Maloto

At least ulendo uno mwayankhulako zogwira mtima. But keep on improving, osati tulo thiii!! Met is a scientific department yofunika anthu ochangamuka.

Malani Mwenekibombwe
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Malani Mwenekibombwe

SUBILAGHA

Youna
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Youna

Despite this warning, Govt will still waste fertilizer coupons to their cousins in the south than empowering farmers in the north.

Gas Machine Head
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Gas Machine Head

Just say you are not sure of what’s gonna actually happen. Weather forecasters have never predicted what God has in store for us

zikomo
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zikomo

ngati boma lilindi masomphenya iyi ndi nthawi yoti boma likatengeko mafarm angapo aku mpoto monga ku mbalachanda and kafukule likalime pogwiritsa ntchito fetereza agula wa coupon ndikuzagawira anthu a ku mwera chakudya chaka cha mawa than kupereka ma coupon ku mwera…..ndikhulupilira mwamva……akanganya akubanu….

Dr. Andrew T Daudi
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Dr. Andrew T Daudi

I need accurate information for the south and Central regions. Which districts will negatively be affected? Do we plant in November or wait till December or January, 2019?

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