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Towards Reliable, Responsive and High Quality Weather and Climate Services in Malawi

  BE WISE, BE WEATHERWISE  

Means of information dissemination

  • Radio
  • Newspaper
  • Post Office Mail
  • Telephone/Fax/E-mail

Meteorological Stations:-

Station

Year Opened

Chitipa

1955

Karonga

1940

Bolero

1982

Mzuzu

1946

Mzimba

1947

Nkhata Bay

1967

Nkhota-kota

1946

Salima

1952

Kasungu

1983

L.I.A.

1982

Mkanda

1987

NRC

1985

Chitedze

1955

Dedza

1957

Monkey bay

1979

Mangochi

1946

Chikweo

1982

Makoka

1968

Chileka

1938

Chichiri

1965

Bvumbwe

1946

Thyolo

1962

Mimosa

1956

Ngabu

1971

Makhanga

1946

Stations at Chileka and Lilongwe International Airport open 24 hours daily. At Mzuzu the station opens 5 am to 6p pm daily. The rest open from 7.30 am to 5.00 pm.

The department also runs well over 800 rainfall stations in coordination with other government departments and private organisations, of which the oldest station opened in 1891 at Zomba.

Terms Used In Weather Forecasts

Cloud Cover

Fine: No cloud or less than 1/8 cover Fair or partly cloudy 1/8 to 4/8 cloud cover.

Cloudy: 5/8 to 7/8 thick cloud cover.

Overcast: Sky completely covered with thick cloud

Precipitation (Type of Variations)

Drizzle: Numerous small water droplets often in form of a light veil of very fine water droplets. Frequently associated with poor visibility and overcast conditions.

Rain: Moderate to large water droplets which fall with more or less constant intensity, once again usually from an overcast sky.

Showers: Usually variable in intensity with often abrupt onset and cessation. Association with cumulus or heap type. clouds. There may be considerable areas of blue sky visible during a shower.

Thunderstorms: Rain and/or showers (light, moderate or heavy) accompanied by thunder and lighting from towering cumulonimbus clouds . often with a dark and threatening appearance. The duration of individual storms is usually less than 30 minutes but may be followed fairy quickly by newly developed storms.

Hail: Pellets of ice, usually associated with thunderstorms, occasionally large enough to damage crops and very rarely, large enough to dent car roof etc.  

Temperatures (Forecast maximum in degrees C)

Very hot

above 36 C

Hot

28 to 36 C

Warm

24 to 28 C

Mild

18 to 23 C

Cool

14 to 23 C

Cold

11 to 14 C

Very cold

Below 11 C

Winds

Direction: In compass points from which the wind is expected to blow.

Speed:

Light

Less than 5m/s (10 knots)

Moderate

5 to 8m/s (10 to 16 knots)

Fresh

8 to 11m/s (17 to 21 knots)

Strong

11 to 14m/s (22 to 27 knots)

Gale

greater than 14m/s (27 knots)
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