However, forecasts in the March 2016 Seasonal Climate Watch showed a marked disparity in rainfall and temperature.
“There is growing uncertainty in weather forecasts about rainfall and temperatures in the long term, and medium- and shorter-range weather forecasts should consequently be monitored regularly,” said Olivier.
Despite this, indications are that above-normal rainfall can be expected during winter over most parts of the country.
In addition, above-normal minimum and maximum temperatures are expected across the country through autumn towards early winter.
“However, there is high probability for below-normal minimum temperatures during the mid-winter season,” said Olivier.