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Record low and high rainfall recorded in different parts of the Eastern Cape

Jul 6, 2018
Record low and high rainfall recorded in different parts of the Eastern Cape

While the south coast experienced one of the driest first six months of the year on record, the north eastern interior of the Eastern Cape experienced some record high figures, the Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service said on Friday.

"The rest of the region had no record measurements," said Garth Sampson, Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape at the South African Weather Service.

"The seasonal outlook until late spring (November) does not look promising, especially for the southern coastal regions.

"Although July to September shows a promise of above normal rainfall along the coast and over the interior, west of Port Alfred, this situation rapidly deteriorates."

Sampson said that August to October and September to November shows a high degree of confidence in below average rainfall along the south coast and into the Langkloof (the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's catchment area) right through  to the Mossel Bay area.

"The coastal belt around East London up to Port St Johns shows a similar below average trend for the period August to October," he added.

"Over the short term ,there is no promise of any significant rainfall."

 

 

 

 

Total rainfall (mm) 1st six months (Jan-June)

Town

Average

2018

Position

Patensie

217

185

3rd Driest 1994-2018

Uitenhage

214

118

5th Driest 1994-2018

Port Elizabeth

271

114

2nd Driest 1960-2018 (1970 driest)

Port Alfred

285

155

Equals Driest with 2004

 

 

 

 

Elliot

368

518

Wettest 1994-2018

Queenstown

247

407

3rd Wettest 1994-2008