Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 31 – November 6, 2013
An increase in rain across South Africa reduces early season rainfall deficits.
1) Since June, insufficient and poorly-distributed rainfall has led to large rainfall deficits across the Gulf of Guinea countries and has reduced maize yields in Ghana, southern Togo and in southwestern Nigeria. Although seasonal rainfall has increased during the second peak of the bi-modal rainfall season, below-average thirty and sixty day rainfall totals have continued in Nigeria and coastal areas in Togo and Benin, maintaining drought conditions. However, impacts in southwestern Nigeria are not significant as most crops have already been harvested. Light rainfall is forecast during the next week.