Dry conditions with low rainfall set to continue

17 Mar 2015 15:00pm
WINDHOEK, 17 MAR (NAMPA) – There is the risk of drought conditions in north-eastern Namibia, western Angola and southwestern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Climate Outlook for February to April 2015 issued a week ago predicted that significant drier-than-normal conditions continued to occur over the western and southern parts of SADC.
“For the period March to April 2015, there is a high likelihood of ;normal to below-normal rainfall conditions to continue in the southwestern portions of continental SADC; above normal to normal rainfall in the eastern parts, most northern DRC, as well as in eastern Madagascar; while normal to above-normal rainfall conditions to be observed across most parts of the SADC region,” it stressed.
The southwestern parts of the continental region continued to experience below normal rainfall conditions since the beginning of the season.
Largely drier-than-normal conditions are expected during the next weeks over the bulk of the conterminous SADC, according to the outlook.
The long-term outlook for the months of March, April, May rainfall showed that the remainder of the region receives rainfall less than 300 millimetres and gradually decreasing south-westwards to South Africa and Namibia, where the mean rainfall is below 100 millimetres.
Meanwhile, the Namibia Hydrological Services in its daily forecast issued on Monday predicted that most of Namibia, with the exception of most of the eastern parts will likely continue to receive low to below rainfall during this month and the coming two months.
“Generally, no good rains over most of Namibia for the past 24 hours were received. Historically, El Niño raises chances of receiving below-average rainfall during the main crop-growing season in southern Africa. However, not all locations are equally affected by El Niño in the region,” it warned.
The Zambezi water levels still remain relatively low, in comparison to the few past years. Okavango river continues to rise, but steadily, according to the hydrological services.