Much of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for the 2016/2017 agricultural year, latest weather forecasts have indicated.
After a devastating El Nino-induced drought that affected food security in the whole of the SADC region, the extreme south-western Zambia, Caprivi area, south-eastern Angola, south-western half of Zimbabwe, eastern half of Botswana, most of northern South Africa, Swaziland and southern Mozambique are expected to receive normal to above normal rains from October to December 2016.
However, Central Mozambique, southern Malawi, northern half of Zimbabwe, most of Zambia.
Southern most DRC, south-eastern half of Angola, bulk of Namibia, western half of Botswana, most of central and western parts of South Africa, western parts of Lesotho are expected to receive normal to below normal rains during the first half of the season.
The predictions came from regional meteorological experts that gathered in Harare recently for the 20th Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum.
For the second half of the season, January to March 2017, there are increased chances of normal to above normal rainfall for southern Zambia, southern Malawi, northern half of Zimbabwe and central parts of Mozambique, including the southern half of Zimbabwe, eastern half of Botswana, north and central South Africa, eastern Lesotho, Swaziland and southern Mozambique.
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