Steven Tau
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20 Jan 2016
12:18 pm

Wet conditions expected for the remainder of this week

Steven Tau

"We are expecting 60% chances of showers and thundershowers on Wednesday afternoon in Gauteng, Free State and parts of North West provinces, going into the evening"

Motorists and residents at large are advised to exercise extra caution on the roads, as the South African Weather Services forecast wet conditions for the remainder of this week.

Speaking to The Citizen on Wednesday morning, forecaster Lulama Menze said the rainfall that has been experienced from Tuesday afternoon, going into the evening and early hours of Wednesday morning, is expected to persist throughout this week.

Provinces where showers and thundershowers are on the cards, include Gauteng, Free State, and North West.

“We are expecting 60% chances of showers and thundershowers on Wednesday afternoon in Gauteng, Free State and parts of North West provinces, going into the evening.

“On Thursday, similar conditions are expected to persit in the same areas, including over the western parts of KwaZulu Natal,” Menze said.

By 11am, information received from Vanderbjilpark, indicated that it had already started bucketing down. The hot weather conditions that have been experienced in the Western Cape and Limpopo, respectively, are expected to continue.

Despite the rainfall that came down overnight on Tuesday, both the Johannesburg Emergency Services and Metro Police departments said there were no major incidents of flooding and accidents reported.

However, spokesperson for the Emergency Services, Robert Mulaudzi said they will monitor flood-prone areas in Soweto, Alexandra, Diepsloot, Kya Sand and Diepkloof.

His counterpart from Metro Police, Superintendent Wayne Minnaar urged motorists to avoid speeding and maintain a safe following distance even when the roads are wet.

Motorists are advised to avoid the following roads during wet conditions:

*N1, under Maraisburg bridge.
*New Canada, under railway bridge.
*Siemmert road, under railway bridge.
*Klipspruit Valley road, Orlando West.