The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services director Jolamu Nkhokwe has said many parts of the country should expect good rains in the 2020/2021 rainfall season.
The season starts next month and goes all the way until April 2021.
Speaking in Blantyre this morning when he shared the 2020/2021 rainfall seasonal forecast, Nkhokwe, however, said the season will be influenced by La Nina conditions which are an unusual cooling of waters over the Eastern Central Equatorial Pacific Ocean which are known to bring more rains over Southern Africa including Malawi.
“Because of the La Nina conditions, extreme weather events such as floods in prone areas are likely to occur due to heavy rains while some parts of the country are likely to experience pockets of prolonged dry spells during the season,” said Nkhokwe.
The Met director has since advised users from the agricultural sector to seek advice from the Ministry of Agriculture when applying the rainfall forecast in decision making such as when to plant crops.
Nkhokwe has also advised the Department of Disaster Management Affairs and Malawians in general to be alert to any threat of disaster that may arise due to the forecast.