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Monthly climate diagnostic bulletin for April 2017

Highlights

  • The precipitation for the month of April, 2017 showed above to well above average precipitation over south western Burkina Faso, Benin, and Nigeria, CAR, north eastern DRC, northern South Sudan, western Ethiopia, south eastern Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and north eastern extreme of South Africa. Below to well below average precipitation was however observed over Mediterranean coast of Morocco and Algeria, Gabon, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Burundi and southern Madagascar. Elsewhere over the continent near average precipitation prevailed.

  • Seasonal precipitation in percentage of average (February-March-April 2017), showed above to well above average precipitation over Nigeria, CAR, southern Chad, South Sudan, Ethiopia, southern Tanzania and Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, northern and southern extreme of Madagascar. Below to well below average precipitation was however observed over northern Algeria, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Kenya and northern Somalia.
  • Positive temperature anomalies in March, 2017 greater than 2°C were observed over south western Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, southern Mali and Guinea.
  • Seasonal temperature anomalies greater than or equal to 2°C for January-February-March, 2017 were observed over eastern Mauritania, Northern Mali and Guinea Bissau.
  • Below average precipitation is very likely over most parts of western Gulf of Guinea countries, Senegal, Gambia and along the coastal parts of Guinea-Bissau from May to July 2017.
  • From May to July 2017, above average precipitation is very likely over the south-western Mauritania, north-western Senegal, southern Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroun, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and the western part of DRC, south-eastern Kenya Tanzania, north-eastern Tanzania and Madagascar.
  • From May to July 2017, near to above average temperature is very likely over most parts of North Africa, northern Chad, northern Niger and southwestern South Africa.
  • Over southern much Algeria, Libya, Egypt, southwestern Sudan, northern Chad and Niger, above average temperature is very likely during May to July 2017.
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