Malawi to experience normal rainfall in 2017/18 season –MET

Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) has forecasted that the country might experience normal rainfall in the 2017/2018 rainy season.

Nkhokwe: Normal rainfall forecast

DCCMS Director, Jolamu Nkhokwe made the revelation of the rainfall forecast on Friday during the dissemination of 2017/2018 seasonal rainfall pattern.

He attributed the trend to the season’s forecast to the absence of El Nino and La Nina conditions which are associated with normal total rainfall amounts over a greater part of Malawi.

Nkhokwe said first rains were expected to start in October 2017 through to March 2018, noting that sporadic episodes of extreme weather events such as prolonged dry spells and floods may occur in some areas of the country.

The Director did not indicate which parts of the country were likely to experience dry spells and floods.

“The department would still be producing daily and weekly weather updates. The public is encouraged to be following the seasonal updates religiously in order to be prepared for any extreme weather events which may occur,” he advised.

Nkhokwe pointed out that, “It should be noted that this forecast is relevant for relatively large areas and seasonal time scales and therefore may not fully account for all factors that influence localised climate variability, such as daily, weekly and month to month variations.”

He emphasised that the forecast also takes into consideration the fact that tropical cyclones that develop in South West Indian Ocean may have either adverse or favourable effects on Malawi rainfall.

The period from October to April is official rainfall season in the country.

The main rains start from November in the Southern region and progressively spread northwards.

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El nino
6 years ago

Koma bodza munali ndiloona ndiswe mipini ine chaka chino?

Walota Mvula
Walota Mvula
6 years ago

“has forecasted that the country might experience normal rainfall” The word ‘might’ has down graded this statement from a scientific probable forecast to a wild guessing game of fantasy. Nkhokwe speaks of some places experiencing some dry spells without giving a hint of which places, so it may ready some farmers in their plans. In other words these lazy forecasters should have simply said they too don’t have a clue of how much rainfall there will be this year. Journalists need to hold these lazy public servants accountable for what they do. After all, just like their nepotistic masters in… Read more »

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