Not much happening over Kenya this afternoon, just a few spots with showers and the odd thunderstorm in the west and south-west.
Die region circled by green is a well-defined band of thunderstorms and rain and covers parts of North-West, with the best rain so far over the Gauteng and it does look as if this line of storms will move further north as we progress into the night. Apart from the extreme northern Freestate, where there is at least a few storms, nothing much over the central and southern parts. Upington was and is a few degrees cooler with one after the other cold front just brushing parts of Gordonia, but at 34 C a lot better than 42-43 C. Look at the little red spots over northern Swaziland, that represent a few heavy storms, the same can be said for the extreme northern parts of KZN, but up to know I have not picked up a lot of rain. Hopefully with the sun now setting, this convective activity should become less, and that may lead to more rain reaching the ground. There also a few spots with showers and thundershowers over the eastern parts of Botswana, those areas (east) are the areas where most of Botswana’s maize crop comes from, I am holding thumbs for them. In general, a lot less maize will be planted this season, apart from the north-west Freestate where they can still plant up to ,,40’’ December, thus still a bit of time but most other areas becomes risk areas after today, the 21st of December, If they plant now, the chance is better than good that frost by the end of March, beginning of April will catch up with them, thus apart form little rain there is another risk to take into consideration. It may well start to rain better in the new year, that will be good for the veld to recover, but at this stage it is just a chance….Take care and whatever you decide take everything into consideration, do not make decisions because you are forced to.