02 December 2004

Weak El Nino hits SA

Pretoria - A high probability of poor rainfall and higher than normal temperatures were forecast for December, January and February by the SA Weather Service in Pretoria on Thursday.

This was the result of a weak El Nino weather system that has hit the country, meteorologist Lucky Ntsangwane told reporters.

He advised farmers to take precautions as rainfall patterns were unlikely to improve. Some municipalities may have to adapt their water management systems as dams were unlikely to be replenished.

There was a 70% probability of the El Nino system prevailing throughout summer into early next year, Ntsangwane said.

The central and western parts of the country were likely to be the hardest hit.


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