The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has said the cold weather being experienced in parts of the country is due to Chiperoni winds that are associated with rains and coldness.
In a telephone interview yesterday, director of climate change and meteorological services Jolam Nkhokwe said the department is assessing the current weather pattern.
He said: “Such weather is normally experienced during the first week of July. It is unusual that we are experiencing it now, so as scientists we have to check our records first before making any projections and conclusions.”
In their weekly update issued on Sunday, the department states that most areas are expected to continue experiencing chilly and unfriendly weather conditions with very cold nights and mornings to be accompanied by trickles of rains.
Reads the update: “The country is continuing to experience winter weather season characterised by chilly weather conditions with cold nights and locally very cold mornings that started in May, with longer colder nights than days.
“The country is also occasionally continuing to receive relatively cool and moist airflow from the south east, with fog patches in valleys and high ground with sporadic outbursts of Mwera wind over the Lake.”
In the update, the MET Department advised the public to stay warm by taking energy foods and warm clothing to avoid asthma attacks, sore throat and flu, among others.
Fishers along the shores of Lake Malawi are also being advised to exercise caution to avoid loss of life and property due to strong Mwera winds. n