KZN September rainfall a record low

2010-10-05 00:00

DATA from the SA Weather Ser­vices (Saws) have underscored why Pietermaritzburg’s verges are still brown and many gardens remain dustbowls.

Saws spokesperson Sanjeev Sewnarain said only 2,8 mm of rain was recorded for September at the weather station at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus.

He confirmed that this is a new low for the city. The monthly average for September in the last 10 years is 43 mm.

In a weather chart which measures data from 1961 to 1990, September 1972 is recorded as having the lowest precipitation with seven millimetres, and in September 1987, when floods ravaged the city, a soaking 444 mm was recorded.

February, March, May, June, July, August and September have all had below-average rainfall so far this year.

Sewnarain said there is great concern, especially for farmers, as rainfall has been the lowest in the last 10 years.

“Hopefully things will get better as October, November and December are regarded as the rainy months,” he added.

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