After five years of almost unrelenting drought, farmers and meteorologists are cautiously optimistic that emerging La Niña weather conditions will bring SA's long dry season to a close - with above-normal rainfall predicted over the coming months.

This follows advisories from global climatology experts earlier this month suggesting a re-emergence of La Niña conditions, a complex weather pattern that occurs every few years as a result of variations in sea temperatures in the equatorial Pacific.

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