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Rainfall foecast for 2018/19 season, issue #4

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • Southern Africa
  • February 18, 2019
Rainfall foecast for 2018/19 season, issue #4

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  • Key Messages
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    Key Messages
    • A late and erratic onset of rains delayed planting and reduced area planted in southern and western parts of the region.

    • A dry spell from mid-January to early February caused moderate to severe crop moisture stress in the central parts of the region. The dry spell ended in early February, allowing recovery of some crops. Observations however indicate that permanent wilting had occurred in several areas

    • Rainfall performance to date is raising concerns for regional harvests, particularly in areas with prevailing high levels of food insecurity, and some traditionally high production areas

    • The season is progressing well in north-eastern parts of the region, with good harvest prospects

    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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