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Rainfall forecast for the 2015/16 agricultural season, issue #3

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • Southern Africa
  • December 10, 2015
Rainfall forecast for the 2015/16 agricultural season, issue #3

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  • Key Messages
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    Key Messages
    • Rains are still well below normal in the southern half of the region, with deficits strengthening in some areas in recent weeks.

    • The onset of rains is delayed by at least 30-40 days in parts of Angola and South Africa.

    • Moderate relief is expected in some of these drought-affected areas, according to short term rainfall forecasts.

    • Vegetation conditions in many areas are among the worst in 15 years. These conditions have some negative implications for pastures, livestock, and hydrology.

    • Very high temperatures have continued in the southern half of the region and temperature forecasts indicate that respite is unlikely in the near future.

    • High rainfall amounts continue to be received in Tanzania, DRC, and northern Angola.

    FEWS NET’s Seasonal Monitor reports are produced for Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, East Africa, Central Asia, and Somalia every 10-to-30 days during the region’s respective rainy season(s). Seasonal Monitors report updates on weather events (e.g., rainfall patterns) and associated impacts on ground conditions (e.g., cropping conditions, pasture and water availability), as well as the short-term rainfall forecast. Find more remote sensing information here.

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