Latest weather forecast released by Climate Prediction Centers Africa Hazard Outlook has indicated that Malawi is amongst the countries which will experience abnormal dryness from 30th December 2021 to 5th January 2022.

The forecast comes after the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services said most parts of the country will start to receive rains from today Friday 31st December, 2021.

According to the statement released, most parts of the south, centre and north are expected to experience the significant increase in rainfalls with heavy episodes over highlands and lakeshore.

The statement further said the rains are likely to be accompanied by possible damaging winds, lightening and heavy rains that may cause flush floods in flood prone areas.

However, the Climate Prediction Centers Africa Hazard Outlook has said most parts of the eastern and central Africa including Malawi will continue experiencing abnormal dryness till 5th January, 2022.

Commenting on the development, one of the country’s environmental activists, Mathews Malata, said “time has come for Malawians to admit that it is payback time for the careless practices on the environment.”

Malata said failure in implementing best agricultural husbandry is key factor Malawi is failing to graduate from rain fed agriculture to irrigation agriculture.