The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has warned Malawians to brace for a week characterised by heavy rains.
Director of the Department Jollam Nkhokwe cautioned that Tropical Cyclone Eloise has been detected in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar that could cause protracted rains for days.
In a statement issued today Tuesday, Nkhokwe said the cyclone came to life in the Indian ocean on January 17, and as of Monday, it had strengthened with pressure.
Reads part of the statement:
“As of Monday 18th January 2021 Tropical Cyclone Eloise had strengthened with pressure value of 993 as it continue to move westwards towards Madagascar with estimated wind speed of 75 kilometers per hour.”
He says there are indications that Eloise will be crossing over Madagascar from Tuesday into Mozambique water channel on Wednesday January 20, 2021.
The statement further says that the cyclone is, therefore, expected to continue moving down the water channel and land on Mozambique soil on January 23.
Nkhokwe said that with the movements, the Intertropical Convergence Zone and Congo Air Masses will strengthen.
This, he said, will result in Malawi experiencing widespread and heavy rains.
“The department will, therefore, continue monitoring closely movement of Tropical Cyclone Eloise and its intensity which can directly affect weather over the country and will continuously issue updates,” said Nkhokwe.