This region covers the major valleys such as the Gwembe, Lunsemfwa and the Luangwa which lie between 300 and 900 metres above sea level. It also includes the Southern parts of Western and Southern Provinces with elevations between 900 and 1200mm.
The mean annual rainfall in this region is low and does not exceed 800 mm. Rainfall is generally well distributed and the length of the growing season, at 70% probability, varies from 80 to 120 days. Such a growing season is the shortest in the country. The growing season may contain as many as five 10 day dry periods of less than 30 mm rainfall. This region is the driest and most prone to drought.
This region is generally characterized by relatively high temperatures. During the growing season, mean daily temperatures may vary from 20