MAP: SA braces for extreme weather

2017-11-14 10:40 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - Heavy rain, flooding, snow and gale force winds can be expected this week.

The SA Weather Service is warning of an unseasonal cold snap that will hit SA from Tuesday to Thursday. They advise livestock farmers in Eastern Cape and KZN to take early precautions against single digit temperatures that will hit on Thursday, especially high-lying areas.

SEE: Weather Update: Cold snap bringing rain and snow hits SA this week

Heavy rain and localised flooding

Watches have been issued for heavy rain and localised flooding for the South Coast in Western Cape and western coastal parts of Eastern Cape. 

Everyone is urged to check weather updates and heed any emergency broadcasts from their local government.

SANParks has put measures in place for the 100% predicted rainfall in the Eden Districts, where flooding is expected.

They have plans in place for three of their estuaries - Swartvlei, Touw River and Groot River - which includes opening estuary mouths if the water levels rise to 2m. 

Snow in November

Snow is also expected in four provinces according to Snow Report SA, with the first light snowfall starting on Tuesday evening.

Their forecast has been updated on Tuesday, with 10cm snow now expected to hit Matroosberg and Groot Swartberg in Western Cape, with a little snow dusting the Outeniqua Mountains.

Eastern Cape should expect more snow than previously forecast, especially Graaff-Reinet, Cradock through to Hogsback on Wednesday.

"We are expecting snow in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, heavy falls in Lesotho and the Eastern Cape Drakensberg, medium/light falls on the KZN Drakensberg, possibly coming down into towns like Underberg and Himeville, although not much expected low down, and some flurries in the KZN Midland," writes Snow Report SA.

SEE: ALERT: Snow in November! 4 SA provinces to feel the freeze this week

Gale force winds

Strong interior winds reaching speeds of 50-60km/h are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday, over the interior of the Northern Cape, western parts of Free State, western North West and northern interior of the Eastern Cape and northeastern parts of the Western Cape. 

It will spread to the remainder of North West and Free State on Wednesday.

Gale force winds are expected on the KZN coast from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday.

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