Day Zero 2019 'highly likely' for Cape Town, say climate scientists

 2018-05-03 01:36 PM by

It is highly unlikely that Cape Town's catchment area will get the above average rainfall it desperately needs this year to break one of the city's worst droughts on record, a climate scientist has said.

And if there is not above average rainfall this year, Cape Town is unlikely to avoid a Day Zero in 2019.

Experts have said that the catchment area needs at least four consecutive months of above average rainfall in 2018 to fill the dams sufficiently, to see Cape Town and surrounds through next summer and to avoid a Day Zero in 2019.

The City of Cape Town's largest storage dam, the Theewaterskloof Dam. (Supplied)