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SADC Agromet Update Issue 5, 2015-2016

End-of-December SADC Agrometeorological Update, indicating the progress of the main rainfall/agricultural season in the SADC region. This issue's highlights include:

  • October to December 2015 was the driest in at least 35 years in several southern parts of the region.
  • Large decreases in planted area are expected in some areas, as planting windows close.
  • Vegetation conditions improved in some central parts, though conditions remained very poor in many southern areas.
  • Above normal rainfall was received in some western parts of the region in December, helping to reduce the overall rainfall deficits in those areas.
  • Seasonal forecasts are suggesting higher than usual chances that below normal rains will continue in the south.
Organization(s): 
Southern African Development Community
Original Publication Date: 
14 Jan 2016
Document type: 
Situation Report
Theme(s): 
Climate
Environment
Information Management
Preparedness