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https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-4-381-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-4-381-2023
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09 May 2023
Research article |  | 09 May 2023

The impact of the Agulhas Current system on precipitation in southern Africa in regional climate simulations covering the recent past and future

Nele Tim, Eduardo Zorita, Birgit Hünicke, and Ioana Ivanciu

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As stated by the IPCC, southern Africa is one of the two land regions that are projected to suffer from the strongest precipitation reductions in the future. Simulated drying in this region is linked to the adjacent oceans, and prevailing winds as warm and moist air masses are transported towards the continent. Precipitation trends in past and future climate can be partly attributed to the strength of the Agulhas Current system, the current along the east and south coasts of southern Africa.