The National Agro-Meteorological Committee (NAC) has released an advisory on the 2017 winter season. According to the statement, rainfall in April was near normal to above normal, but below normal mainly in the Eastern Cape and the extreme western parts of the country. Rainfall decreased further over the central and western parts of the country in May resulting in below normal rainfall.
The eastern parts of the country had near normal to above normal rainfall. Mid–June had below normal rainfall with patches of near normal rainfall in some winter rainfall areas, and patches of above normal rainfall in the north-eastern parts of the country. The July 2016 to May 2017 season had below normal rainfall in the south-west becoming near normal to above normal in other regions of the country.