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Climate scientists predict Western Cape heading for a drier future

The Western Cape is in the grip of a serious drought.

South Africa's leading climate experts gathered at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in Cape Town to forecast the winter rainfall for the province.

Christine Colvin, Freshwater Programmes at WWF SA (World Wide Fund for Nature), attended the discussion on Tuesday.

Colvin says one of the key things the panel disagreed on was the seasonal, medium-term forecast for the winter rainfall region.

There's a lack of confidence in what the models are telling us is going to happen.

Christine Colvin, Senior Manager, Freshwater Programmes at WWF SA

The official line from the weather services is that we should be expecting a normal to slightly wetter winter rainfall season but we're not seeing any evidence of that starting to happen.

Christine Colvin, Senior Manager, Freshwater Programmes at WWF SA

Colvin says there were also discussions about the response to climate change which affects rainfall amongst other things.

The message from the scientists was to plan for the worst.

Christine Colvin, Senior Manager, Freshwater Programmes at WWF SA

Colvin adds that there also indications from the panel of experts that the Western Cape is headed for a drier future.

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