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Met warns of Chiperone winds

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By Patience Lunda, Contributor

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has said most Southern and Central region areas are expected to experience chilly weather conditions as temperatures drop.

This is associated with patchy rain drizzles, locally known as Chiperone, and Mwera winds.

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In a statement, the department’s director, Jolamu Nkhokwe, says Chiperone and Mwera winds will occur due to northward passage of an incursion of fairly cool and moist airflow.

“Moist airflow is being pumped from the high pressure system cutting across the east coast of the Republic of South Africa with moderate Mwera wind over Lake Malawi with patches of fog in low-lying areas and some highlands during night and early morning hours,” he says.

Nkhokwe says May marks the start of winter since rainfall season ends in April.

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“As we get into winter period, frequent passages of huge and intense high pressure areas traversing from the Atlantic Ocean into the Indian Ocean through South Africa pump into the country relatively cool and moist airflow from the south east starting from south progressively moving northwards, causing occasional outbursts of Mwera winds over Lake Malawi accompanied by cool and cloudy weather conditions locally known as Chiperone weather,” Nkhokwe says.

Meanwhile, the public has been advised to take precautionary measures such as wearing clothing such as gloves, scarfs and hats to stay warm and prevent loss of body heat.

Last week, the department said it was alert following the development of Cyclone Kenneth in the Indian Ocean. The cyclone spared Malawi and has killed 38 people in Mozambique.

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