September 29, 2017 / 3:15 PM / in a year

South Africa weather service expects above normal rain on La Nina

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The South African Weather Service said on Friday that it now forecasts a weak La Nina weather pattern to develop in the early summer, raising expectations for above-normal rainfall across large swathes of the country, including parts of the maize belt.

But it cautioned in its monthly outlook, that looks five months ahead, that a severe drought in the southwest which includes the tourist hub of Cape Town, was expected to worsen despite forecasts for above-average rainfall.

Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

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