National 25.7.2016 05:36 pm

Extreme weather to batter Western Cape

Stock picture: AFP

Stock picture: AFP

Parts of the province should brace for rain storms, flooding, gale force winds, flooding, and high seas, with waves of up to 6m.

The Western Cape Disaster Management (WCDM) Centre on Monday warned that parts of the province should brace for rain storms, flooding, gale force winds, flooding, and high seas with waves of up to six metres.

“WCDMC has received a severe weather warning from the SA Weather Service for 25 to 28 July indicating that an intense cut-off low pressure system is expected,” it said.

Heavy rains were due to hit the coastal areas of the Eden and Overberg districts on Monday evening and move to the Cape metropole, the Winelands and the West Coast on Tuesday, bringing flooding to some areas.

Southeasterly winds blowing up to 75 kilometres an hour were expected between Stilbaai and Table Bay on Tuesday.

The weather service added: “High seas with wave heights in excess of six metres are expected between Cape Agulhas and Plettenberg Bay tomorrow.”

Anton Bredell, the MEC for local government, environmental affairs and development planning in the Western Cape, said the public and farmers in particular should note that parts of the Western Cape could see snow in the coming days.

“The public and small stock farmers are further advised that very cold conditions and light snowfall can be expected in some parts of the province.”

– African News Agency (ANA)

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