By Andrew Kaggwa,, NECJOGHA
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania
The last four years have been the warmest on record and the month of July 2019 has been the warmest since global climate records began being recorded in 1880.
According to Dr. Richard Graham of the UK Met Office these are evidences of global climate warming. Dr. Graham was presenting at the opening of the Fifty Third Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF53) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Dar es Salaam Tanzania. The forum opened on Monday August 26th and is due to close on Wednesday August 28, 2019 the release of the regional climate forecast for the October to December season..
Quoting the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Dr. Graham also said that the last five years (2015-2019) rank among the five warmest Julys on record.
The theme for GHACOF53 is “Early warning for Early Action in Support of Climate Resilience” and has brought together climate scientists, researchers, users from key socio-economic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations, development partners, decision-makers, media and civil society stakeholders among others.
GHACOF53 is organized by ICPAC in collaboration with the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partners.
The Greater Horn of Africa region comprises Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Adam Curtis from the Weather Services for Africa (WISER) project who represented the WMO Secretary General enumerated the different projects they are carrying out in the region including supporting ICPAC in ensuring climate resilience in the region.