The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum has issued its outlook for the rainfall season from October 2014 to March 2015.
Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for the period October to December 2014, according to the Outlook. However, northernmost Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) northern Madagascar and Mauritius are more likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall.
In November-December 2014-January 2015 period, the bulk of the SADC region is likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall, while the greater part of DRC and northernmost Angola are likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall.
The bulk of contiguous SADC and the Islands States are likely to receive normal to above normal rainfall during December 2014 to February 2015.
For the period January to March 2015, the bulk of SADC is expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall. However, the greater part of DRC, northernmost Angola and Mauritius are likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall.
The outlooks are presented in overlapping three-monthly Periods owing to the differences and evolution patterns in the predominant rainfall-bearing systems.
WMO is working to strengthen regional climate outlook forums around the world as part of the Global Framework for Climate Services which aims to provide more user-driven climate services to help society cope with climate variability and climate change.
The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum met in Windhoek, Namibia, from 27-29 August. It was hosted by the Namibian Meteorological Service.
Statement from the eighteenth Southern Africa regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-18) [PDF]