Reitumetse Makwea
Digital Intern
2 minute read
11 Feb 2021
4:16 pm

Parts of SA can expect rainy weather going into the weekend

Reitumetse Makwea

According to SAWS, a weak tropical low-pressure system that is currently in the Mozambique Channel is expected to move southwestwards over southern Mozambique.

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The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned residents in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal about persistent rainy spells from Friday going into early next week.

According to SAWS, a weak tropical low-pressure system that is currently in the Mozambique Channel is expected to move southwestwards over southern Mozambique, resulting in further possible disruptive rainfall in the eastern parts of Limpopo and Mpumalanga, as well as the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal from Friday evening until Monday.

SAWS said the low-pressure system was not comparable to Tropical Cyclone Eloise but would most likely cause disruptive rainfall, which was a cause for concern for areas that had been previously affected.

“The main concern with this rainfall is that it is expected to affect areas which have recently been negatively impacted.

“This is especially relevant in areas where the ground is saturated, which could exacerbate the current situation even further, as additional rain will rapidly lead to overland runoff and additional flow into rivers and streams already swollen by recent rains,” said SAWS.

The weather service said the expected impacts could include danger to life due to fast flowing streams, flooding of roads and settlements, as strong heavy winds start to pick up on Sunday resulting in damage and the risk of trees or large branches falling.

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