Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has warned motorists and the general public of extremely cold weather in the next nine days saying the country is now experiencing Chiperoni and Mwera winds.
Chief Meteorologist and predictions officer for the department, Winston Chimwaza said the cold weather caused by a high pressure area located at the southern tip of South Africa causes Chiperoni weather associated with fog and low temperatures and may impact negatively on humans.
“Motorists should drive carefully as the winds bring cold weather associated with fog conditions along the Shire valley area that cause poor visibility to drivers during morning and evening hence they should exercise caution,” said Chimwaza.
He has also advised the elderly and children to remain indoors or put on warm clothes to prevent catching cold.
“We are expecting a high pressure area off South East Coast of South Africa which will move into the Indian Ocean and will be located off South East Coast of South Africa from Sunday evening,” explained Chimwaza adding that the country would experience cool and moist winds up to June 16.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Health has assured the general public of the availability of drugs to diseases that come with cold weather.
Spokesperson for the Ministry, Henry Chimbali said: “Despite the recent drug shortage that hit the country recently, we always ensure that medication for common sicknesses are available and this includes those that come with cold winter.”
Chimbali who cited pneumonia and asthma as common diseases during winter concurred with Chimwaza in advising the public to keep themselves warm to maintain body temperature.
Winter in Malawi starts in May and runs up to August.