BY: Vincent Gunde
The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (MET), has forecasted a normal to above normal rainfall pattern for Nkhotakota district this year, raising prospects of good harvest in some instances floods in flooded prone areas.
Pic: A health maize crop.”this year’s rainfall prospects for a good harvest”.
This year’s weather pattern would neither be influenced by El Nino nor La Nina thereby making the country experiencing normal rainfall from October to March next year.
The northern part of Malawi should expect normal or below rainfall from October to December.
Presenting a weather forecast for this year’s rainy season during a seasonal forecast dissemination stakeholders meeting in Nkhotakota, Senior Meteorologist in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, James Pagona, said the weather pattern this year shows neutral conditions in the Pacific ocean.
Pagona said Nkhotakota district is likely to get normal and above normal rainfall of between 200 mm to 300 mm between the months of February and March next year.
He said normal planting rains are expected to start in the first 2 weeks of December with cessation expected in the third week of April next year.
The Meteorologist said dry spells of not more than a week are expected in February dispelling fears of prolonged dry spells which affects crop yields, warning the areas close to the lake that they are expected to get above normal rainfall.
In his remarks, Sam Ngwira, an Agriculturist for Blantyre ADD asked members to sensitise the farmers on the best crops for this season to match with the forecasted rainfall season this year.