Abnormal dryness has settled in across West Africa due to insufficient rains since the start of the season.
Seasonal rains continue in Eastern Africa.
1) An uneven distribution of the March-May rains had adversely impacted crops and ground conditions over the SNNP, central and Belgproducing areas of Ethiopia, eastern Eritrea, and Djibouti. As the March-May season had already ended, recovery is unlikely.
2) A delayed onset of the rainy season followed by poorly-distributed rains has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western Niger, and northcentral Nigeria, The lack of rains over the past five weeks has delayed planting and already negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas of the region.