Increased rainfall unlikely to overcome deficits in Central America, Hispaniola, and parts of West Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
A slightly delayed start to the season with sporadic light rains in recent weeks has resulted in abnormal dryness for Gambia and central areas of Senegal. Dry ground conditions have led to delayed planting and have negatively impacted livestock health.
A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the central and northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria. The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has already delayed planting and negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.
Infrequent and light rains since the beginning of the season have led to insufficient rainfall accumulations for southern portions of Chad, including the Batha, Biltine, and Ouaddai regions. Rainfall levels between 5 and 50% of normal has already led to decreased soil moisture and poor vegetation conditions.
A delayed onset and lack of rainfall has resulted in abnormal dryness across extreme western portions of Ethiopia, western Eritrea, and eastern Sudan. The most impacted states in Sudan are Gadaref, Sinar, and Blue Nile, including important agricultural regions where planting is being delayed.