By Wallace Mawire
The Meteorological Services Department (MSD) is preparing to host the Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum expected to be held in August 2020 to discuss the 2020/2021 rainfall season forecast, according to a spokesperson.
It is reported that the forum will provide a platform where the meteorological and hydrological agencies within the SADC region will come up with a regional rainfall season forecast for sharing with stakeholders in the climate-sensitive sectors.
The SADC Secretariat through the Climate Services Centre (CSC), which coordinates the Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF) process, held the 23rd Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-23), in Windhoek, Namibia from
the 19th to 27th August 2019.
A consensus regional seasonal forecast was issued during the SARCOF-23 and implications for the climate-sensitive sectors were also provided.
The Meteorological Services Department in Zimbabwe on 4 September 2019 then held the National Climate Outlook Forum (NACOF) for the dissemination of the national seasonal outlook for the 2019/2020 rainfall season.