Global Weather Hazards Summary: August 21 - 27, 2015

Poorly distributed rainfall in West and East Africa likely to exacerbate conditions

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Widespread, heavy rain during the past few weeks has caused flooding over local areas of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger. Heavy rain is forecast to continue during the next week, maintaining elevated risks for flooding over many areas.

  2. The early end of rainfall in southern Ghana, Togo, and Benin has increased moisture deficits and negatively impacted crops. Limited rain is forecast along the Gulf of Guinea during the next week, which is likely to sustain moisture deficits.

  3. Significant rainfall is forecast to continue over eastern Chad and western Sudan during the next week, heightening risks for flooding and potential waterborne disease outbreaks.

  4. A delayed onset and general lack of rainfall has resulted in abnormal dryness across parts of central and eastern Sudan, northern Ethiopia, and southern Eritrea. An increase in rainfall is expected along the Sudan-Eritrea-Ethiopia borders during the next week, which should help reduce deficits.

  5. Despite some increase in rainfall over the past few weeks, the much delayed start to the rainfall season has resulted in drought, which has severely impacted ground conditions and led to livestock deaths across parts of north-central and eastern Ethiopia.