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Rainfall forecast for 2019/20 season, issue #3

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • Southern Africa
  • February 3, 2020
Rainfall forecast for 2019/20 season, issue #3

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  • Key Messages
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    Key Messages
    • October to December 2019 rainfall was the lowest in central parts of the region since 1981.

    • Extended dryness in December and January resulted in permanent wilting of crops in southern Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

    • South Africa’s main maize growing areas received good rains during December and January.

    • Heavy rains continued in northern parts of the region and northern Madagascar, resulting in flooding. Flash flooding was also reported in some of the areas that have been predominantly dry this season, including southern Zambia and western Zimbabwe.

    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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