Abundant rains in late August permitted widespread plantings or replantings. Following first rains in late July on Santiago, Fogo and Brava islands, the weather remained dry on all islands during the first dekad of August. In mid-August, some rains were registered on 16 and 17 August on Brava, Fogo and Santiago islands but they became abundant and widespread on all islands only during the third dekad. They were more regular and abundant on the southern islands (more than 7 rainy days in some areas, up to 255 mm at Chupadeirão on Fogo island on 26 August). The dry weather conditions of early August severely affected recently planted maize sowings which failed in parts. Plantings or replantings undertaken in August emerged with the good rains of late August. In some areas of Santiago and Fogo islands, maize crops are in the elongation phase (7 to 9 leaves). However, following this late start of the rainy season, rains will need to continue to late October and November to allow crops to reach full maturity.