In a recent article in Nature, Chris Funk warned of unusually dry conditions in East Africa during the following months. The reason is the ongoing La Niña episode. This phenomenon, which entails colder-than-normal ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific off the coast of South America, is the main reason.
The red colors indicate strongly drier-than-normal conditions, and these are prevalent in East Africa. It doesn’t get much better in December, according to the forecast:
Our main partner in Africa, ICPAC, warned of unusually dry conditions from October to December already in August this year, and they issued an alert in October where they warned of the impacts on food security.
It will be up to the global community to limit the undoubtably harsh conditions that the predicted lack of normal rainfall will lead to for many people in the region.