Weather Update: Rain, flooding continues in central, north-eastern parts of SA

2017-02-21 16:22
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Cape Town – The rainy weather in the northern and north-eastern parts of SA is set to continue, with widespread showers expected across central SA and flash flood warnings in place. 

Flooding continues

The South African Weather Services issued an alert for Wednesday, 22 February, warning of heavy rain leading to flooding to be expected in the southern parts of Limpopo, the north-eastern parts of Mpumalanga as well as the coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal, m Port Edward to Richard's Bay. 

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Flooding is also expected in Gauteng, central and eastern parts of the North West province, the north-eastern parts of the Free State, highveld areas of Mpumalanga and the south-western parts of Limpopo. 

An 80% chance of rain can be expected across these areas, while a 60% chance of rain exists for the rest of the central and adjacent regions.

The rainy conditions are expected to continue towards the end of the week, the SA Weather Service forecast. 

No rain has been forecast for the Western Cape, Northern Cape and western parts of the Eastern Cape on Wednesday. 

Extremely high fire dangers in drought-stricken Western Cape 

Despite good rains across most of the country during the past week, the Western Cape and western parts of the Northern Cape remain in the grips of a drought. 

For Wednesday, the SA Weather Service has warned of extremely high fire danger conditions expected in the West Coast District, the Cape Metropole, the Cape Winelands, western regions of the Overberg District and the south-western parts of the Northern Cape. 

This as the City of Cape Town issued a plea to residents in the Western Cape to cut down on water consumption as dam levels have dropped to 34,5%, a further 1,7% down from a week ago. And, with the last 10% of a dam’s water unable to be utilized, dam levels are now effectively at 24,5%. 

At the current draw-down rate, the City warns, "we could be looking at approximately 129 days of useable water left," they say. 

SEE: Western Cape Water crisis: 129 days of useable water left as dams dip 1.7%

Fires have also been raging in various regions over the Overberg on Monday afternoon, 20 February. Firefighting services has asked members of the community to report fires immediately

Want to know how much water you should be saving?

See this map that allows you to check the status of your province and your local dams. This data is provided by the Department of Water and Sanitation.  

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