Harare receives its first rains…

By ZBC Reporter
HARARE has received its first rains this Monday afternoon in what could signal the beginning of the summer cropping season. Zimbabwe and the Southern African Region is anticipating good rainfall this season raising hopes of another ensuing bumper harvest.
Southern African climate experts have forecast normal to above normal rainfall in the coming 2021 – 2022 cropping season over most parts of the SADC region.
This is according to a seasonal forecast from the 25th Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF 25)published in August 2021.
“Normal to above-normal rainfall is most likely over the bulk of SADC in the period from October to December (OND) 2021, with north-western part of Angola, bulk of Democratic Republic of Congo, western and southern Madagascar, northern Malawi, northern Mozambique, western fringes of Namibia and South Africa, south-western United Republic of Tanzania and north-eastern Zambia likely to receive normal to below-normal rains,” read the forecast.
The January to March (JFM) 2022 period is expected to have normal to above normal rainfall for most of the region except for, south-western fringes of Angola, western fringes of Namibia and South Africa.
The 25th Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-25) was held to generate a consensus outlook for the 2021/2022 rainfall season over the SADC region.

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