Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
1 minute read
9 Mar 2021
2:33 pm

Isolated afternoon showers and thundershowers expected in Gauteng

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

In parts of the Western Cape, there is a chance of mudslides and rockfalls in susceptible areas.

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The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a watch for isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms in Gauteng and Limpopo on Tuesday.

A level 5 warning of heavy rain leading to flooding, damaging winds, disruptive rain and veld fire conditions on Tuesday has been issued for parts of the Western Cape.

“Localised damage to formal and informal settlements are possible, where some transport routes and travel services may be affected by winds and falling trees. Therefore, some journeys will require longer travel times. High-sided vehicles are at risk of being blown over due to cross winds,” the weather service said of possible conditions in Prince Albert, Paarl, Saldanha Bay, Worcester and Grabouw.

“Over the central and eastern interior, strong north-westerlies and dry conditions may result in localised runaway fires. Localised disruption of small harbours is possible for a short period of time. Due to strong winds and high wave heights, difficulty in navigation is likely. Small vessels and personal water crafts are at risk of taking on water and capsizing in a locality. Localised disruption to beachfront activities can be expected.”

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Of Hermanus, the weather service said: “Flooding of roads and settlements in both formal and informal settlements are possible that could result in damage to property and infrastructure. Disruption of traffic flow is likely, along with increased motor vehicle accidents, especially in peak hour traffic on Wednesday. Essential services such as water and electricity may be affected. There is a chance of mudslides and rockfalls in susceptible areas.”

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