The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF) has issued its forecast for March, April, May, which is an important rainfall season for large parts of the region.
October to December is an important rainfall season for Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, and southeastern Ethiopia. A drier than usual season is expected in most parts of the region, including Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, most of Uganda, Kenya, southern, central and north-western Somalia and southern Ethiopia, according to the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum.
Desert locusts continue to be a serious threat to food security and agriculture in parts of East Africa and India and Pakistan as a result of favourable climate and environmental conditions, according to new updates.
Temperatures are likely to be above normal this summer over almost the entire Arab region, notably Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Northern Morocco, Southern Oman, Yemen, Djibouti and Somalia. Normal to above normal conditions are predicted over southern Morocco, Western Mauritania, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and northern Oman.
A wetter than usual rainy season is expected over western and central Sudan, southwestern Ethiopia, southeastern South Sudan, western Kenya, eastern and central Uganda. The season is expected to start early in most farming areas of the region.