Strong winds and heavy rains to batter Malawi – MET

Much of the country is being warned to expect strong winds, lightening and heavy rain  in the next seven day, accoridng toDepartment of Climate Change and Meteorological Services.

Heavy rain will be an additional hazard: A villager shelters under an umbrella as lrains fall

Department’s Director, Jolamu Nkhokwe, said t he country is to have heavy downpours in all regions with the likelihood of strong winds and lightening.

The department  states that some central region areas and southern region areas would experience scattered thunderstorms accompanied by hail, lighting, strong winds and locally heavy down pours.

“These conditions will be due to unstable weather caused by occasional interaction of relatively warm and moist airflow from the north east in the lower levels of the atmosphere with airflow from the south east in the middle level and also due to thermal and aerographic effects,” said Nkhokwe in the statement.

The department adds that there would be a slight change on Thursday where the conditions would be hot to very hot and partly cloudy with sporadic thundery showers due to north easterly airflow over the country.

However, from Friday to Sunday, most southern and central region areas are likely to experience fairly scattered thundery showers associated with heavy downpours, hail, lightening and strong winds due to the establishment of a line of convergence by north easterly airflow with south easterly air flow starting from south which will progressively sweeping northwards into the central areas.

On the other hand, northern region areas will experience hot to very hot conditions with sporadic thundery showers due to the passage of warm north easterly airflow.

The MET department is therefore warming the general public to take precautionary measures such as being indoors whenever thunderstorms occur to avoid being struck by lightening or being harmed by flying objects blown off from weak structures as gusty winds associated with thunder storm rains are likely to cause damage to infrastructure.

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