The department of climate change and metrological services says Malawians should brace for prolonged chilly weather conditions as most climate models are projecting that these conditions will persist in the next coming months.
In the statement on weather released on Sunday by the department and signed by its director Jolamu Nkhokwe, currently there is no El Nino and La Nina events which have important consequences for the weather around the globe and are established over the central equatorial Pacific Ocean.
“Most climate model are still projecting that these conditions will persist in next months. It is important to note that El Nino and La Nina are not the only factors that drive global climate patterns including Malawi,” it said.
“Meanwhile, climate scientists from SADC member states are meeting in Botswana to assess the relative impacts of the current sea surface temperature of all global oceans and other locally relevant climate drivers, which are also known to influence climate over Southern Africa including Malawi,” it continued.
It further indicated that as from Sunday, the country continued to experience chilly weather conditions associated with partly rain and drizzle particularly over higher grounds.
This condition, the statement said, would be locally heavy over the northern lake shore areas with an outburst of Mwera over the lake due to the incursion of cold and moist airflow pumped from the southeast by the high pressure system over the east coast of the Republic of South Africa.
“Nights and morning will continue to be cold to very cold with some areas particularly over high grounds and valleys to experience fog and frosty weather conditions,” the statement said.
The department of climate change and meteorological services is closely monitoring weather developments to keep the Malawian nation well informed.