By Nothvinia Sam Luhanga:
The 2023-2024 rainfall season forecast released by the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services has indicated that Nkhotakota district will receive generally normal rainfall amounts.
According to the district’s downscaled seasonal forecast, the rains will likely start between the last week of November and second week of December ranging from 20 to 50 mm.
At a stakeholders meeting conducted Wednesday, the Department’s Principal Meteorologist James Pagona said the impending season will likely be influenced by moderate to strong El Nino-the unusual warming of ocean waters over eastern and central Pacific Ocean.
He said the overview projection shows that the seasonal length-time in which the rains are expected to fall are around 135 to 150 days whereby a dry spell of seven days will likely occur in February 2024.
Maganga stated that “The planting rains will start in early December such that farmers and all relevant stakeholders in the Nkhotakota should need to take note of this.”
He added that the overall projection for the central east lakeshore district is that it will have normal to above normal rainfall amounts.
“We will have another updated forecast in December as we usually do, but this is all what the initial one is predicting, “indicates Pagona
The whole overview for the district which Umunthu FM, has also indicates that, most areas particularly Boma, Senior Chief Kafuzira, Dwangwa and Senior Chiefs Kanyenda and Mwansambo will receive the most downfall from December to February.
But in March and April 2024 at Boma, generally normal and moderate amounts are expected so is the western sector of the district.
The rainfall season, according to the forecast, will cease in the last week of April to the first week of May 2024.