May 4, 2017 / 11:28 AM / 3 months ago

South Africa weather service says El Nino could return in spring or summer

JOHANNESBURG, May 4 (Reuters) - South African Weather Service said on Thursday an El Nino weather pattern, which brought a scorching drought to southern Africa last year, could return in the spring or summer season which usually occurs from September to October.

"Currently there is an expectation that an El Niño event would occur during the next spring or summer seasons,' the weather service said in its monthly forecast.

"The next outlook for spring or summer is not favourable with regards to rainfall and the public is reminded that if El Niño does occur and exert its usual impact, the country might once again be put under strain with regards to water resources." (Reporting by Nqobile Dludla; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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