Severe storms expected in different parts of the country

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Those planning to attend Monday’s night vigil ahead of EFF leader Julius Malema’s court trial starting on Tuesday, are adviced to be extra cautious amid a warning of severe weather conditions in parts of Limpopo.

According to a forecaster at the SA Weather Service, Edwin Tema, there is a 60% chance of thundershowers on the cards in areas such as Polokwane, Bela Bela and Ellisras.

He urged those attending the night vigil, set to begin at 7pm, to stay clear off trees and to be indoors. The vigil will be held at the Nirvana Hall in Polokwane.

Elsewhere a warning for severe thunderstorms has also been issued for Gauteng on Monday afternoon. Speaking to The Citizen just after lunchtime, Tema said although the thunderstorms had not developed as yet, residents should make sure that they are indoors.

He said while it was difficult to tell how much rainfall Gauteng will receive this afternoon, but it normally ranges between 5mm and 10mm.

On Tuesday, there is a 60% chance of thundershowers for the province.

Johannesburg Emergency Services said they are ready for any eventualities this afternoon. However, there are some hotspots which have been identified, especially low lying areas. These include:

– Orange Farm.

– Kaalfontein in Ivory Park.

– Klipvalley in Soweto.

– New Canada road near Noordgesis.

– Jukskei river in Alexandra.

Roads that are also prone to flooding, are:

– N1 North and South.

– N3 East.

– N12 West.

– M1 and M2 in the inner Johannesburg area.

“Most of the action will be in KwaZulu Natal on Monday, and we still expect some rainfall on Tuesday, but we do not have any alert of severe weather as yet,” Tema added.

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