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Cape July rainfall below average, is that reason to worry?

The rainy season in the Western Cape started out on a strong footing with dam levels rising to above 50%.

However, the month of July seems to be a worry to those studying weather patterns as the month did not yield good rains as expected.

Hydro-climatologist at Climate System Analysis Group at UCT, Piotr Wolski says the month of July is the driest month since the start of the rainy season.

Read: Why the shortfall in rainfall in the WC this winter?

We had a good start to the rainy season but July turned out not to be a dry month for us.

Piotr Wolski Hydro-Climatologist at Climate System Analysis Group at UCT

In general, I think we are more or less, in spite of a dry July, we are still within average year category.

Piotr Wolski Hydro-Climatologist at Climate System Analysis Group at UCT

Wolski believes that the dry July is no reason to panic as we still have until the end of October to enjoy the rainy season.

Hopefully, by the end of the season, the dam levels would have filled up with enough water to carry the City until the next rainy season, says Wolski.

To hear the rest of the conversation with Piotr Wolski, listen below:


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