'2015 was the driest year in 111 years'

The SA Weather Service has compared compiled data of yearly rainfall from January to December.

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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Weather Service has confirmed the 2015 calendar year was the driest year the country has experienced in 111 years.

The service says it has compared compiled data of yearly rainfall from January to December each year since records began.

In the last couple of months drought conditions across the country have seen a sharp increase in the price of maize as farmers struggle to meet demand.

Forecasters say while it's anticipated that South Africa will experience lower than normal rainfall this year, the situation could change at any point.

The weather service's Else de Jager said, "We've complied data from every province then combined that to have an average annual rainfall for South Africa and we can confirm that from January to December 2015 the total was the lowest rainfall."