The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological services has trashed a report circulating on the social media that the country will experience strong heat wave from 10 – 17 October 2015, saying what is speculated is not a heat wave.
The development comes amid abnormal weather changes the country is experiencing at the meantime.
In a statement made available to FaceofMalawi signed by Director of Climate change and Meteorological Services Elina kululanga, says Malawians should ignore the report.
â€śMalawi experiences very hot conditions in the month of October, which is normal. For instance, Ngabu in Chikwawa recorded 45Â°C in October in 1994. This heating is required to initiate the onset of rains.
â€śCurrently, temperature forecast for Malawi from 10 – 17 October 2015 is indicating that the Shire valley is expected to record temperatures between 38- 42Â°C. Areas along the lakeshores areas are expected to record temperatures between 36-38Â°C. Elsewhere it will be as high as 32Â°C,â€ť read in part the statement.
Added Kululanga: â€śFor temperatures to reach a category of heat wave, they need to attain a certain threshold and persist for more than one week or two.â€ť
Kululanga said though temperature forecasts for Malawi are indicating a pick for the Shire valley and Lakeshore areas, this pick will be there for the next three days, thereafter a slight drop is expected.
â€śBecause of these variations, we cannot classify the expected pick in temperatures in the country for the next 7 days as Heat wave with fatal consequences. However, people need to take caution with such temperatures as may trigger what we call natural bushfires,â€ť said Kululanga.
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