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2018 a bad rainfall year for the Eastern Cape and the Garden Route

Dec 14, 2018
2018 a bad rainfall year for the Eastern Cape and the Garden Route

The Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service on Friday said that 2018 has been a bad year rainfall-wise for the Eastern Cape and the Garden Route.

"With half the month gone and not much rain expected over the short term, the Eastern Cape is heading for a disastrous year, as far as rainfall is concerned," Garth Sampson, SA Weather Service Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape.

"Although some good rains fell in September and  partially alleviated the water crisis, it was still not enough to make a significant impact on the yearly figures."

No significant rainfall predicted for the Eastern Cape and Garden Route

He said that if some good rain does not fall before 31 December, Port Elizabeth will have had the 4th lowest annual rainfall on record.

"East London is worse off ranking 2nd . Other centers also recorded similar low figures, with George at 6th lowest and  Cradock 7th lowest," he added.

"East London and Cradock in fact last had normal rainfall in 2014, while George and Port Elizabeth last had in 2015."

Sampson said that no significant falls are predicted for the next seven days, "so the rankings will not change that much, unless some heavy falls occur thereafter".

Rainfall figures for the Eastern Cape and Garden Route

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