Warning: Heavy rain for Cape Town

The afternoon commute home will be a wet one as a cold front brings heavy rain and possible flooding to parts of Cape Town on Monday.

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The maximum temperature is expected to be a chilly 16˚C.

Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said emergency teams would be on standby to deal with any flood-related issues across the city.

“Heavy rain leading to localised flooding is expected in places over the Cape Metropole‚ western parts of the Cape Winelands and western parts of the Overberg District Monday afternoon into Tuesday morning‚” said Powell.

“A well-developed cold front is expected to make landfall during the course of Monday. At this stage‚ the system is expected to bring 20-30mm over the Cape Metropole‚ southern Cape Winelands and western Overberg with up to 50mm possible over the mountainous areas throughout Monday into Tuesday morning‚” she said.

“Heavy downpours are possible … This could result in localised flooding of informal and formal settlements‚ particularly in areas where urban drainage is poor‚ leading to traffic congestion and difficult driving conditions. Heavy downpours may also lead to flash flooding‚ therefore low water bridges should be avoided.”

The South African Weather Service tweeted a satellite image of the approaching front with a warning.

Elsewhere in the country‚ temperatures will rise to 24˚C in a sunny Bloemfontein‚ 23˚C in a partly cloudy Johannesburg‚ 24˚C in Pretoria‚ 25˚C in Port Elizabeth and 27˚C in Durban.

While the rains will clear by Tuesday in the Western Cape‚ they are set to return later in the week and continue into the weekend.

The rains are good news for the Western Cape‚ which still has strict water restrictions in force. The dam levels for Cape Town were on Friday collectively at 23.1%.

Individually‚ the dam levels were:

  • Berg River: 42.7%
  • Steenbras Lower: 33.9%
  • Steenbras Upper: 57.3%
  • Theewaterskloof: 14.1%
  • Voëlvlei: 15.3%
  • Wemmershoek: 50.4%

Author: PETRU SAAL – TimesLIVE

Source: TMG Digital

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