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Met warns of weather–related health hazards

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The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has warned of weather-realted health threats as the winter season comes to a close.

In a statement released Sunday, director of the department, Jolamu Nkhokwe, says the weather pattern will be predominantly foggy, characterised by whirlwind which might cause health problems such as asthma.

“High levels of haze may trigger health problems such as asthma, coughs, eye irritation and sneezing. During this time of the year dust devils or whirlwinds whip through the countryside in Malawi dumping dust and debris on their pathways,” the statement reads.

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He said, from September 15 to 22 2019, Malawi would experience mostly sunny, hazy and hot-to-very-hot weather conditions by daytime, but mild to cool weather conditions at night to morning hours due to dominance of easterly airflow, with occasional occurrence of dust devils commonly known as whirlwinds during daytime.

Asked to give a general rainfall forecast for the year, Nkhokwe said the department was compiling data.

Commenting on the health warnings, medical doctor Precious Makondi, said it was important for people to pay attention to allergies that trigger their health conditions aside the weather issues.

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