Much of Ethiopia to Experience Below Normal Rainfall

By Staff Reporter   

Climate-outlook-Ethiopia-2019May 28, 2019 ( -- Much of Ethiopia will experience increased likelihood of drier than normal rainfall from June to September 2019, the 52nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 52) has announced on Tuesday.

The regional consensus climate outlook for the June to September 2019 rainfall season  also revealed lower normal rainfall over much of south-western Eritrea, South Sudan, parts of western Sudan as well as some region on the Sudan/Ethiopia border, northern and far-western Uganda, western Rwanda as well as coastal areas of Kenya and Somalia.

The announcement was made on Tuesday during the 52nd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 52) for June, July, August and September under the theme “Mitigation of Climate Risks for Resilience building” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

According to the outlook, there is an increased likelihood of above normal rainfall over Djibouti and surrounding lowlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea, most parts of Sudan, parts of south-western Ethiopia, western Kenya and the Lake Victoria region of Uganda and Tanzania.

The forecast also indicates a delay in the start of the rains by 1-3 weeks over the northern Rift Valley, the western equatorial sector, the coastal regions of Kenya and northern Somalia, and in Sudan

There is also indication of a likelihood of early cessation over eastern Ethiopia, northern Uganda, and the cluster bordering Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya. These areas are also likely to experience long dry spells during the season.

On the other hand, temperature forecast indicates increased likelihood of warmer than normal surface temperatures over much of the northern, eastern and south-eastern Greater Horn of Africa as well as a region over north-western South Sudan, while cooler to near normal temperatures are indicated across central parts of the Greater Horn of Africa.

The highlands of the equatorial sector are expected to experience cool and cloudy conditions during June to September 2019 period.

The forum brought together climate experts, decision makers, non-governmental organizations, civil society stakeholders, users of climate information and representatives of climate sensitive sectors such as Agriculture, Livestock and Food Security, Energy and Hydropower, Water Resources, Health and Public Safety, Disaster Management, Tourism and Wildlife, Settlement, Marine and Economic Planning, and the Media.



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