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Western Cape warned of more intense droughts

A climatologist says the province should brace itself for more intense droughts due to climate change.

Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town climatologist says the Western Cape should brace itself for more intense droughts in the future due to climate change.

In some regions such as the Swartland, farmers are in the grips of one of the area's worst droughts in years.

University of Cape Town academic Peter Johnston says, "Droughts come and go. We had serious droughts in 2002, 2003 and 2004 in the Swartland, whereas the Southern Cape hasn't had a drought in a while."

He says it's very difficult to say it's the driest it's ever been in the past 60 years.

"The fact is that we've had below normal rainfall this winter, and it's not looking good for our dams and agriculture."