SADC rainfall outlook update for February to April 2017

After El Niño, rainfall recovers in most of Southern Africa. The current rainfall season has seen normal to above normal rainfall for the southern half of continental Southern African Development Community region, notably Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, south Zambia, Zimbabwe, northern South Africa, central and southern Mozambique and Swaziland. The northern and eastern part – namely Tanzania, northern Angola, northern half of DRC, north Mozambique and Madagascar. For the February to April 2017 period, there is a high likelihood of: above-normal rainfall over Zimbabwe, most of Botswana, south of Mozambique and northern South Africa. Normal to above normal rainfall will continue in the bulk of continental SADC, and normal to below-normal rainfall in the northern parts of the region. The assessment and outlook was issued by the SADC Climate Services Centre and will be downscaled by national meteorological services to provide more localized forecasts.