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Thundershowers over Eastern Cape expected to bring some relief to farmers

Jan 30, 2019
Thundershowers over Eastern Cape expected to bring some relief to farmers

There is some good news for farmers, with some thundershowers expected over most of the Eastern Cape in the next few days, the Port Elizabeth office of the South African Weather Service said on Tuesday.

"This will not alleviate the drought that is being experienced in many parts of the Eastern Cape, but will bring some temporary relief," said Garth Sampson, the SA Weather Service's Client Liaison Officer for the Eastern Cape.

According to Sampson, the outlook for the next few days is as follows: 

  • Wednesday 30/01/2019:  Thunderstorms are expected to the north of Jansenville and mainly east of Cradock. 
  • Thursday 31/01/2019:  Light rain and drizzle possible in places along the coastal belt and adjacent interior. Thunderstorms are expected to be very isolated in places north east of Queenstown.
  • Friday 01/02/2019:  Light rain is expected along the coastal belt and adjacent interior.  Scattered afternoon thunderstorms are expected over the escarpment north east of Graaf Reinett. 
  • Saturday 02/02/2019:  Widespread  thunderstorms are expected along the Western and Eastern Cape escarpments, spreading to the coast in places late in the day.
  • Sunday 03/02/2019:  Isolated showers and thundershowers can be expected over the western half of the EC, but scattered over the eastern half.
  • Monday 04/02/2019: No significant rain is expected.

The news comes after farmers organisation, Agri Eastern Cape said that Eastern Cape farmers' resillience was being tested by the current drought.

As the drought entered its fifth straight year, AGRI Eastern Cape president, Doug Stern, said stock farmers’ cashflow had been dealt an additional blow in the form of falling commodity prices due to the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease.

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