#WaterWatch

Cape Town not out the woods yet even with recent rainfall

Cape Town received a fair amount of rainfall on Wednesday with a few more drops predicted for the coming days.

But is this rainfall enough to take stave the drought away?

Hydro-Climatologist at Climate System Analysis Group - UCT, Piotr Wolski, says the current situation is still a bit worrying as we can't focus on the rain that we see in the city but focus on the activities in the mountains where the catchment areas are.

Read: 60% chance of rain predicted for Cape Town

What is happening in the city centre is not a good representation of what is happening in the mountains.

Piotr Wolski, Hydro-Climatologist at Climate System Analysis Group

But looking at the available data it doesn't look like the situation in the mountains is much better than the situation in the city.

Piotr Wolski, Hydro-Climatologist at Climate System Analysis Group

Even with the recent rains, it is still a bit difficult to tell whether Cape Town will have a good year or not, explains Wolski.

I think we are slowly getting it into our minds that we are heading for another dry year but we can't say for sure at this stage.

Piotr Wolski, Hydro-Climatologist at Climate System Analysis Group

We will be able to say for sure towards the end of May because then if we are still in the dry season, then we are pretty sure we are locked to a dry year.

Piotr Wolski, Hydro-Climatologist at Climate System Analysis Group

To hear the rest of the conversation on the drought situation in the Cape, listen below:


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