About Us

The Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD) was established on 1st January 1967 as a specialized agency under the then Ministry of Power, Transport and Works (now Ministry of Transport and Communications). Prior to this, Meteorological Service in Zambia were administered by the Federal Meteorological Services (Nyasaland, Northern Rhodesia and Southern Rhodesia) with Headquarters in Salisbury, now Harare, Zimbabwe.

At the time when the ZMD was established, all the professional (Meteorologist level) and technical (Meteorological Officer Level) posts were filled by recruitment from abroad or by secondment from the National Meteorological Services as there were no qualified Zambians. However, through a massive and well-organized training programme undertaken over the years, the Department was able to fill up most of the key posts with Zambia professionals by April 1982.

Zambia became a member of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1964, the same year she got her independence from Britain. WMO is the United Nations ‘authoritative voice on weather, climate and water.

Administratively, the Director of Meteorology reports to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Communications. He is also the Permanent Representative of Zambia with WMO.