Heat Wave warning has been issued in Malawi as El Nino bites

– Temperatures to exceed 42 Degrees Celsius which is 7 degrees more than average along the Shire Valley.

John Cassim

Harare, Zimbabwe – The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological; Services in Malawi has warned that a heat wave is expected to persist in most areas in the southern parts, up to Tuesday December 12, with temperatures expected to exceed 42 Degrees Celsius.

“Day time maximum temperatures are forecasted to rise significantly with the following projections:

Shire Valley: Temperatures to exceed 42 Degrees Celsius which is 7 degrees more than average.

Southern highlands: Temperatures to exceed 35 Degrees Celsius which is 6 degrees more than average,” the department said.

The same weather pattens have also been predicted in regional countries like Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe as more heat is going to be experienced this weekend.

After three years of the cooling La Nina weather pattern, El Nino has now returned and will last at least through the first half of 2024, according to the latest United Nations forecasts. 

In Sourthern Africa the rainy season typically lasts from October to April and reaches maximum strength between November and March but due to El Nino, little rains have been received with temperatures rising to extreme proportions..

The United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is warning that El Nino could threaten lives and devastate agriculture in some parts of the world. 

The global weather phenomenon refers to when waters in the Pacific Ocean become much warmer than usual.

Temperature records have already been broken and El Nino could push the world past a new average temperature record.

Winter

It is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but in many places from the US to Japan, it feels more like spring and forecasters say that’s a sign of what to expect over the next couple of months, until a late-season cold snap arrives.

In New York City this weekend, temperatures will soar above 16 degrees Celsius, warmer-than-average weather will also blanket London and Tokyo. 

A longer-term outlook show mild conditions lingering for much of North America, Europe and East Asia into January.

It all comes down to climate change and El Nino, a warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean that can trigger weather disasters. 

Even before this year ends, the World Meteorological Organization has declared 2023 as the hottest on record. 

The heat is expected to linger in the coming months, curbing energy prices but amplifying the drought that has damaged crops, sparked wildfires and shrivelled major trade routes.

Cyclones

As it stands a Severe Tropical Cyclone Jasper, is expected to hit some parts of Australia.

Early Friday, Jasper was last situated 1320 km east northeast of Cairns, and was expected to strengthen further to a high end category four cyclone and possibly a category 5 cyclone on Friday night.

Over the weekend, Jasper is likely to weaken and move west towards the Queensland coast.

While the timing and severity of a costal impact remains highly uncertain, the highest risk of a cyclone impact lies between Cooktown and Mackay, including Cairns and Townsville mid next week according to the Australian Weather Bureau.

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