It is go­ing to be a long, hot sum­mer

The Independent on Saturday - - METRO - | DUN­CAN GUY

WHILE there has been plenty in sum­mer rainfall ar­eas lately, rain is not likely to keep up its pace, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries.

“Above-nor­mal rainfall con­di­tions are ex­pected over most parts of the sum­mer rainfall ar­eas dur­ing early sum­mer.

“How­ever, be­low-nor­mal is ex­pected for the sum­mer rainfall ar­eas dur­ing mid-sum­mer and for the far north-eastern parts of the coun­try dur­ing late-sum­mer,” spokesper­son Steve Galane said in a state­ment, quot­ing the SA Weather Ser­vice (Saws).

“Also, over­all higher tem­per­a­tures are still ex­pected mov­ing to­wards the mid and late-sum­mer pe­riod.”

Saws ex­pected a drier and warmer sum­mer sea­son as a whole, with some “very in­con­sis­tent” sig­nif­i­cant rainfall events.

Galane added that most provinces were re­port­ing “rea­son­able to poor con­di­tions” of veld and live­stock.

Dry­land farm­ers are ad­vised to wait for suf­fi­cient mois­ture be­fore plant­ing and to con­sider drought short sea­son cul­ti­vars as dry con­di­tions are an­tic­i­pated, he said.

“They are also ad­vised to con­sider other al­ter­na­tive crops such as sorghum.”

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