Cape Town - The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre (WCDMC) is bracing for impact following alerts of ice cold conditions, rain and possible snow expected to hit the Western Cape south coast from Thursday evening, 28 April.
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Municipalities have the necessary plans in place to deal with emergencies should the need arise," the WCDMC says. They will monitor the situation and all disaster management centres remain on high alert. Heavy rainfall leading to localised urban flooding can be expected in places over the south-western parts of the Western Cape, mainly over mountainous areas with gale force winds, very cold conditions and rough seas.
High seas with wave heights exceeding six metres has also been issued along the Cape coast for Wednesday, 27 April, the South African Weather Service has warned. Anton Bredell for the WCDMC urged Capetonians and visitors to exercise caution over the coming few days, especially when outdoors.
Also when driving, motorists should take care when crossing rivers and be cautious when driving on roads which are flooded. Cold conditions can be expected across the country over the coming Freedom Day and Worker's Day long weekend.
According to Garth Sampson for the South African Weather Service, South Africa typically has her first outbreak of winter by 23 April, annually. This year, however, the start to winter comes in the last week of April, making the arrival of the first cold a week later.
Snowfall can be expected on most of SA's highest peaks, including the Cederberg, Swartberg, Witteberg and Sneeuberg Mountains. A very likely chance of snow is also expected on the Southern and Central Drakensberg Mountains in the northernmost parts of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
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#CapeStorm Claremont roads under water and pavements being eroded. Fun for us but not residents pic.twitter.com/BqDP7pC1XQ— Jenny P (@jencapetown) April 22, 2016
#CapeStorm Claremont roads under water and pavements being eroded. Fun for us but not residents pic.twitter.com/BqDP7pC1XQ
RT @Artii_M: Some of the roads filled-up with water as #CapeStorm continues pic.twitter.com/sco93WszUq— eNCA (@eNCA) April 22, 2016
RT @Artii_M: Some of the roads filled-up with water as #CapeStorm continues pic.twitter.com/sco93WszUq