November sees driest & hottest spring since 1994 in Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape

There is no good news for farmers, businesses and residents in the Eastern Cape. The South African Weather Service’ office in Port Elizabeth on Monday said that the province received record low spring rainfall.

“This is in addition to record high average maximum temperatures,  further contributing to the water woes of the region,” said SA Weather Service Eastern Cape spokesperson, Garth Sampson.

“The region as a whole received on average less than 30 % of the average rainfall for the spring months (September to November), with Graaf Reinet the lowest, only receiving 12% of its norm.”

Samson said that it has been the driest spring  (September to November) in:

  • Molteno                              20 mm
  • Elliot                                      72 mm
  • Cradock                                14 mm
  • Fort Beaufort                     52 mm
  • Dohne                                  60 mm
  • Middleton                           21 mm
  • Grahamstown                   36 mm
  • East London                       109 mm

*PERIOD 1994-2019*

Sampson said that it was the second driest spring in:

  • Jamestown                         9 mm
  • Graaf Reinet                       9 mm
  • Port Elizabeth                    86 mm

It was also the driest November in:

  • Cradock                                                1 mm
  • Fort Beaufort                     6 mm
  • Middlteon                           1 mm
  • Grahamstown                   5 mm

“The seasonal forecast for the summer months looks dismal to say the least with below average rainfall forecast for most of the Eastern Cape Region,” he described.

“Thus, water should be used sparingly, as the NMBMM supply dams have dipped to 35%.

“The average maximum temperatures were on average 2 to 3 degrees above the norm, making it the hottest spring (September to November) on record over the Eastern Cape.”

The following stations recorded the highest average spring maximum temperatures:

  • Queenstown                     27.4C
  • Molteno                              24.1 C
  • Elliot                                      24.2C
  • Jamestown                        25.5 C
  • Mthatha                              27.0C
  • Graaf Reinet                       29.0C
  • Fort Beaufort                     28.7C
  • Bisho                                     25.3C
  • Dohne                                  25.3C
  • Patensie                              26.4C
  • Middleton                           27.4C
  • Addo                                     28.8C
  • Port Elizabeth                    22.9C
  • Grahamstown                   23.8C
  • East London                       23.7C

The average maximum temperature for November was the hottest in

  • Fort Beaufort                     30.8C
  • Bisho                                     26.0C
  • Addo                                     29.7C

*PERIOD 1994-2019*

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