No rain in sight

2010-10-05 11:18

SA Weather Service forecasters have been fielding the same question over and over again over the past days – “When is it going to rain?”

Unfortunately, for rain lovers, the forecasters are the bearers of bad news.

“A whole host of people have asked us that question... from journalists to farmers to bricklayers,” forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng said.

“There is no good news for us, especially not for the farmers. It does appear that it’s quite silent in terms of rainfall.”

The only province which seems to be in the Rain Queen’s good books is KwaZulu-Natal, where “significant” rain has fallen.

“Over the interior, we still have to wait a little bit more for rainfall.”

The rain that had fallen over the interior had not even been enough to wet the ground.

“I’m yet to see physically an area where the ground is wet,” said Mofokeng.

Some rain had fallen in the central Free State, Mpumalanga highveld, southern Limpopo and southern areas around Johannesburg.

But most of the moisture evaporated before it reached the ground because of extremely dry layers in the atmosphere.

In Gauteng, it was going to become even hotter.

By Thursday and into the weekend, temperatures were expected to be in the low to mid-30 degrees Celsius.

“It is going to be hot... there is no good rainfall in the near future,” said Mofokeng.

If it is any consolation, the question, “when is it going to rain“, is undoubtedly a universal one. Type it in on the Google search engine, and results show that the question had been posed more than 58.3 million times on the internet.

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