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Climate Advisory for South Africa: Rainfall Uncertain in Spring, Above Average in Summer

While rainfall is uncertain in late spring, it is expected to be above normal in mid-summer, says the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

"According to the seasonal forecast issued by the South African Weather Service dated 30 September, rainfall is uncertain during late spring. Towards mid-summer, rainfall is expected to be above normal but the level of uncertainty remains high with marginal confidence," said the department in a statement.

In its climate advisory for the 2016/17 summer season, the department said mostly warmer-than-normal temperatures are expected during late-spring to mid-summer.

The department, however, called on dryland summer crop farmers to wait for sufficient moisture before planting.

Christopher Griner

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