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Fri, 30 Aug 2019 18:32 - Updated Fri, 30 Aug 2019 18:31

Southern Africa expects normal rain in coming months

Luanda - The 23rd Regional Climate Forum of Africa (SARCOF-23) forecasted today (Friday) in Luanda that the region is expected to have normal rain with above normal trend in the coming months of October, November and December.

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This was announced at the end of the SARCOF-23 work, which concluded that normal and above average rainfall is expected for most of the region, except the southern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and northern Angola and Mozambique that will have normal rain.

The director-general of the National Institute of Meteorology, Domingos do Nascimento, who read the final document said that the countries will have 15 days, given their characteristics, to tune up these data and present the definitive sites that will not be far from those presented today.

He also noted that compared to the same period last year, member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will have higher humidity levels due to more rainfall.

"For the months of January, February and March we will also have, in almost every region, normal and above normal rainfall, expect west of Angola (Namibe province) and Namibia, southern South Africa, Zimbabwe, E-swatini and Madagasgar, which will have normal rainfall with below normal trend.

More than 150 technical meteorologists from Angola, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, DRC, Comoros, E-Swatini (former Swaziland),  Lesotho and Madagascar participated in the 23rd SADC Regional Forum on Climate.)

The event is held annually in the second half of August, the month of seasons change in Angola. The Southern African Regional Climate Forum (SARCOF) produces all the common seasonal forecasting of member states, helping governments and the population to plan their activities.

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