The 2018-19 national weather forecast has predicted that the nation is likely to receive reduced rainfall due to the El Nino phenomenon.

This came out at a convention of government officials, scientists and researchers in Harare to deliberate on the 2018-19 rainfall forecast.

“Our scientists, academics and research institutions have been working flat out on our regional and national forecast, and indications are that an El Nino which is associated with above average warming of the sea,” revealed Ambassador Grace Mutandiro, who is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate.

For the first half of the season spanning from October to December 2018, the forecast for the whole country will be normal with a bias towards below normal rains.

The below normal rains are projected to also continue into the January to March 2019 period.

The El Nino phenomenon is associated with reduced rainfall, owing to above average warming of the sea surface in the tropical Pacific Ocean.