South Africans have been advised to brace up in anticipation of the unfavourable climatic condition called El Nino.
El Niño is wreaking weather-related havoc across the globe.
It is very important to have sufficient details of how to possibly cope with the weather condition.
After having a few blasts of heat during the spring, it looks like December, January and February will see the mercury rise all across South Africa, and it’s all thanks to El Nino.
Longer periods of sustained heatwaves and severely reduced chances of rainfall are the by-products of this phenomenon, which looks set to affect the entire southern hemisphere. It’s catastrophic news for the Antarctic, which is already battling against the damaging effects of climate change.
It is the warming of sea-surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean which influences atmospheric circulation, and consequently rainfall and temperature in specific areas around the world.
As sea temperatures rise, the air becomes more dry and humid, influencing hotter weather patterns. This is responsible for making our hot summers even hotter and severely limits the amount of rainfall across the country.
The Enso Outlook (El Nino Southern Oscillation) has upgraded its forecast to a “70% likelihood” of the extreme weather system affecting the southern hemisphere – that’s triple the normal likelihood and falls in line with the SA Weather Service’s predictions.
After a nightmare drought faced by the Western Cape in 2017, other provinces could soon be at the mercy of water shortages. Enso’s update explains the science behind El Nino:
The same system is set to hit the northern hemisphere as well, with Japanese forecasters claiming it’s “highly likely” that El Nino will move north during our autumn months. The conditions come and go every few years, last hitting South Africa in 2015. It is important to stay informed.