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Malawi is in southeastern Africa, bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast and Mozambique to the south, southwest and southeast.
The Great Rift Valley runs through the country from north to south, and to the east of the valley lies Lake Malawi (also called Lake Nyasa), making up over three-quarters of Malawi’s eastern boundary. Lake Malawi is sometimes called the Calendar Lake as it is about 365
miles long and 52 miles wide. The Shire River flows from the south end of the lake and joins the Zambezi River 250 miles farther south in Mozambique.
Malawi’s capital is Lilongwe, and its commercial centre is Blantyre with a population of over 500,000 people.
Malawi’s climate is hot in the low-lying areas in the south of the country and temperate in the northern highlands.
Between November and April the temperature is warm with equatorial rains and thunderstorms, with the storms reaching their peak severity in late March. After March, the rainfall rapidly diminishes and from May to September wet mists float from the highlands into the plateaus,
with almost no rainfall during these months.