A mild and relatively dry South African winter is on the horizon

Theewaterskloof Dam on 25 January, 2018 in Villiersdorp. Cape Town nearly reached ‘Day Zero’ that year when dam levels dropped due to unusually low rain in the winter months. Theewaterskloof Dam is the largest dam in the Western Cape Water Supply System. (Photo: Brenton Geach/Gallo Images)

Ed Stoddard – 2 April 2024

Below-normal rainfall and above-normal temperatures are expected for most regions of South Africa this autumn and winter. That could help curb rolling blackouts while the south-western region may not get its usual winter rainfall, with implications for water storage.

Winter is coming, but it looks set to be mild.

In its latest monthly Seasonal Climate Watch, which looks five months ahead, the South African Weather Service is forecasting a warm autumn and winter and a dry one, including in regions such as the southwest that typically get the lion’s share of their rainfall during the coldest months…