MET predicts good rainfall season

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (MET) says the country will receive good rainfall amounts during the 2021/2022 agriculture season.

This has been disclosed during a press briefing held in Blantyre where the department’s director, Jolam Nkhokwe, announced the prospects for the 2020/2021 rainfall season outlook.

According to Nkhokwe, generally, normal to above-normal rainfall amounts are expected over most parts of Malawi.

He said during the period October to December 2021, normal to above-normal total rainfall amounts are expected in most areas with some pockets of normal to below-normal total rainfall amounts over southern areas while the same is expected over northern areas during the period January to March 2022.

Nkhokwe said: “The forecast implies that during the 2021/2022 rainfall season, there is a high chance of many parts of the country receiving good rainfall amounts.”

However, he said extreme weather events such as heavy rains leading to floods are likely to occur in prone areas while in some parts of the country may experience pockets of prolonged dry spells during the season.

He said his department will be continuously issuing forecast updates to warn and advice on extreme weather events and therefore people should be always attentive to such messages.

In Malawi, the main rainfall season runs from October to April with total rainfall amounts ranging from 500 to 3000mm per day.

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