Weather Update: Heavy rain, flooding expected in Western Cape


Cape Town – The South African Weather Service warns that heavy rainfall and localised flooding will persist in the Cape Metropole, Overberg, Cape Winelands and southern parts of the West Coast District on Wednesday morning, 15 June.

The Eastern Cape can expect a 30% chance of rain except along the coast where a 60% chance of rain can be expected. The Northern Cape can expect a 30% chance for rainfall in the south-western parts and a 60% chance in the areas surrounding Sutherland and Calvinia.

The entire Western Cape can expect rainfall and an 80% chance of rain is expected in the western parts of the province as a cold front makes its way from the south-west.

Strong winds can be expected in the south-western parts of the country. The Western Cape will experience strong south-easterly winds especially along the coasts.

Snow Report said that the Western Cape can see some snow flurries on late Wednesday evening and in the early hours of Thursday morning, 16 June.

Snow may also be seen in the Worcester mountains and surrounding high lying areas, potentially reaching the Ceres mountains as well. The Lady Grey area and surrounds in the Eastern Cape may also potentially see some snow at the same time.

On Monday, Traveller24 reported of snow flurries at AfriSki Mountain Resort in Lesotho, Tiffendell Ski Resort in the Eastern Cape and Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge in the Free State. But on Monday night, even the Golden Gate Highlands National Park just outside Clarens was covered in snow.

(Photo: Golden Gate Highlands National Park)
(Photo: Golden Gate Highlands National Park)
(Photo: Golden Gate Highlands National Park)
(Photo: Golden Gate Highlands National Park)

On the Youth Day public holiday in SA, Thursday, 16 June, it wil be cold to very cold in the SA interior. The cold front will move over KwaZulu-Natal, where a 30% chance of rain can be expected.

Friday will see rainfall in the far eastern parts of SA. Cold conditions will persists throughout SA.

For Wednesday, minimum temperatures will be cold to very cold across most of SA. The KZN south coast will be warm.

Maximum temperatures will be mostly cool to cold, except on the south coast through to the far north-east of SA, where it will be warm. It will also be warm in the northern parts of the Northern Cape.

The area around Sutherland will be very cold on Wednesday.

In Gauteng, Johannesburg will reach a high of 15°C, and Pretoria will reach 17°C. Bloemfontein will reach a high of 18°C.

Along the coasts, Cape Town will reach a high of 16°C, Port Elizabeth will reach 21°C and Durban will reach a mild 26°C.

Polokwane in Limpopo will reach a minimum temperature of 3°C which marks the lowest temperature in SA.