South Africa: Drought likely to be long and hot, says national weather service

| October 5, 2015

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A scorching drought which has already cut South Africa’s maize harvest by a third is forecast to continue into the summer as the El Niño weather pattern strengthens.

The South African Weather Service predicts that, for the October to February summer period, the “likelihood of extreme warmer temperatures over most of South Africa is high.”

Experts predict that the current El Niño will peak between October and January and could be one of the strongest on record. This could bring drier conditions to southern Africa, which is already suffering from drought.

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Photo: A farm worker walks between rows of vegetables at a farm in Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg, May 13, 2015. Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko